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Facing New York

Facing New York: Get HotGet Hot (2008)
Five One, Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Cops on bikes, in them little shorts. How you gonna bust me in them little shorts?" The opening lines of this record are a pretty good indication of what you're getting into with Facing New York's second album, Get Hot. This recently downsized three-piece visits just about every genre in popular mu.
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Cops on bikes, in them little shorts. How you gonna bust me in them little shorts?"
The opening lines of this record are a pretty good indication of what you're getting into with Facing New York's second album, Get Hot. This recently downsized three-piece visits just about every genre in popular music during these 11 tracks, hitting many peaks with impressive playing but is sometimes hampered by strange attempts at being "hip."

The musicianship on this release stands out like little I've heard in the past few years. I especially enjoy the bass and drum interaction and the warm keyboard sounds, which are enhanced by the honest and full production style. Musically, it is most reminiscent of an updated Steely Dan (check out "Hardwood Floors" for a clear Dan influence) by way of the Dismemberment Plan being fronted by Beck with a slightly better voice. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Frederic is pitch-perfect and always interesting as he lays out stories of adult disenchantment. He is sometimes funny like in the aforementioned "Cops on Bikes," but also occasionally awkward like in "Me N My Friendz":
I'm screwing college freshman and desperate housewives, could it be I'm suck dead center between my teens and my thirties? Envisioning how my children would look if I had ‚??em with the woman in the checkout line in front of me. Maybe they'd look like my last girlfriend."
While I think Frederic is a great singer I do get annoyed with his `90s cool guy delivery, reminding me of a less abstract M. Doughty of Soul Coughing. He drops all the "g"s from words ending in "ing," pronounces "them" as "'em," etc. He's just too hip for me.

Vocal delivery beef aside, half of this record is awesome. They smartly front-load it with tunes that kick out a variety of grooves with a ton of key changes and sophisticated musical tricks. The second half is very much the same, instead those same ingredients aren't meshed as well and lead to a generally uncomfortable listening experience as in the dissonant-laden "Man Up."

In conclusion, this is a highly impressive and enjoyable release; I just don't see listening to it very often. If you are into smart avant-garde music with a funky vibe then you might be into this. I'm probably going to give it to my dad.

 

 
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istapledmyfoot (March 16, 2010)

also this review is bs. yeah, some of the lyrics are silly - are you aware that they make music that bridges the gap between don cab, steely dan, and I don't know, fugazi? i don't even like steely dan and this shit is wonderful.

istapledmyfoot (March 16, 2010)

one of the best things that might exist ever - math rock that grooves, unconventional song structure that benefits not because of novelty but because it feels right.

andrethegiant (January 10, 2009)

i love this record. one of my favorites of 2008. it seems that for every band member they lose, they get ballsier and more inspired.

maverick (January 10, 2009)

This band reminds me a ton of J. Majesty -- anyone remember them?

-Scott

Hey_Asshole (January 10, 2009)

this sounds like it would be awful.

...like holocaust awful

homemadebullshit (January 9, 2009)

i cannot stop listening to this

genebuonaccorsi (January 9, 2009)

this is really different from their last album. not a bad thing.

vaginalinferno (January 9, 2009)

I love everything about this album. best release of 2008

stevejonestherealbones (January 9, 2009)

i think this is a solid 4 stars

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 9, 2009)

I remember hearing the first track and thinking i put the wrong record in. However, I couldn't resist to play it again and now i really like it in some strange way.

I never liked Beck in the 90's but if he made this record i would have. There's some great experimation in this and it steers clear from being a playhouse record or a gimmick.

overdefined (January 9, 2009)

"You had me until 'Steely Dan"

Hahaha...
There is an unmistakable Steely Dan influence. I love Steely Dan though.

preston (January 9, 2009)

You had me until "Steely Dan"

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