LMFAO - Sorry for Party Rocking

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After the 58 minutes of migraine-inducing racket that is LMFAO’s second release Sorry for Party Rocking, silence has never sounded so good. Those responsible for the mini-fad ‘shuffling’, LMFAO (a.k.a duo Redfoo and Skyblu), are recognisable by their blinding array of fluoro garments, gormless expressions, lens-less glasses and general clown-like appearance. Yes, if Supré had an in-house band, this would be it.

Though despite all this, LMFAO have sold a remarkable amount of records – this, their breakthrough album peaking at no less than #2 on the Australian ARIA charts. Apparently, the pair must be doing something right.

However, the reason for their success is somewhat mystifying. A cursory glance at the album tracklisting provides a pretty apt description of the dance-hip hop sound to come: from Put That A$$ to Work through to I’m in Miami B**** and the simple Shots, it’s evident that LMFAO won’t be indulging in any musical soul-searching on this venture.

At first, the album is so obnoxious it’s almost enjoyable. From the opening spoken word track declaring their new sound “party rock” and the command to “start to freak and drink some more”, the nightlife-centric, trashy, no-holds-bar tone of the album is set. From there on in, it’s a high-energy continual throbbing of synth and quasi-rap. At first, the narcissism of tracks like Sexy and I Know It is humorous if nothing else, but at a whopping 16 tracks long, the joke quickly grows tired. What’s worse is that each song is virtually indistinguishable from the last.

Lyrically, Party Rock Anthem, the album’s first single and highest point, is pleasantly reserved in nature compared to the rest of the album; the tune stating it just wants to see “everybody have a good time”. From there on in, the lyrics descend from the idiotic (“If you’re blacked out with your sack out, this is what you say: sorry for party rocking”) through the slightly offensive continual references to motor-boating and spanking bitches, to the downright misogyny of “the ladies love it when we pour them shots, they need an excuse to suck our cocks”. Sorry for Party Rocking takes little time traversing the border between silly and purposelessly belligerent.

Though to be fair, at least LMFAO don’t take themselves too seriously. The intent of the album is clearly to create club-friendly, energetic songs – the cover slip modestly states, “our goal is to turn the world into a party planet”. And if the #1 success of Party Rock Anthem is anything to go by, they may have succeeded at this. The problem is not that they lack depth or originality in their songs – trashy, high-energy tunes, when done well, are an important part of the musical landscape. The problem is that LMFAO lack the musical ability to pull it off and the personalities to make it likeable.

Sorry For Party Rocking is out now on Interscope/Universal.

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