Flutter Toys in Coin Machines
By Dan Century
Toys in Coin Machines
is a tough CD to review, because it is so "girly" I simply cannot
relate. It doesn't compute. It doesn't fit with my beer chugging, Discovery
channel watching, he-man rock n' roll lifestyle. When I use the term "girly" I
mean stuff like My Pretty Ponies, Jem dolls, shopping at the mall for 7 hours
in a row and then returning everything the next day, owning more than 5 pairs
of shoes, listening to Roach Sisters albums and "thoughts and feelings"
all stuff that frightens a shallow Cro-Magnon like myself, causing me to run to
the forest and hunt deer or wage wars or whatever else he-men do.
That said, aside from my inability to connect with the
lyrics, Toys in Coin Machines is a fine electro-pop album. Their sound
is slightly primitive and unpolished, which gives the album just enough of an
edge to mix well with other underground electro-clash bands. Christine's voice
is simply gorgeous so many excellent female vocalists have come from
Chicago in recent years, and she's at the top of the list.
There are some great moments on this disc. Come With
Me, a post-rave party anthem perfect for getting psyched for going out and
partying. The multimedia-rich CD comes with a video of Come With Me
watch it and you'll feel like you just drank a pot of coffee: totally
4th Day, a very funny track on which singer Christine
buys a pair of pants specifically to make her "ass look good" in order to make
her ex-boyfriend eat his heart out. And to be honest, after hearing about her
ass for the nth time, I actually went to their web site looking for pictures.
Sadly I couldn't find any.
For the DJs: Flutter will mix exceptionally well with
Madonna, Bis, Chicks on Speed, Freezepop, Yeastie Girls or just about any edgy
electro-pop with a female voice.
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