Volume 96, Issue 98
Thursday, April 3, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Fischerspooner

#1 album not #1?!?!

Fischerspooner

#1
Capitol Records




Rundown: Electroclash or electrotrash? Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner have been expected to carry the electro flag for a while now, but it's not until this month that their #1 album – which has NOT reached #1, but gets points for tricking reviewers – is finally released domestically. The New York duo claims that Fischerspooner is an art collective, comprised of filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, makeup artists and costume designers, who are responsible for creating the group's outlandish glam imagery to accompany their '80s-retro electronics.

Key Tracks: Forget the hype, forget the theatrics and forget that they remixed Kylie Minogue – when it comes down to it, #1 is rather uneven and, at its worst, forgettable. The dorky closing track "Ersatz" doesn't even hold a candle to the dinky music of the earliest Nintendo games. Miraculously, there are some exciting cuts, such as the untitled bonus track that's blessed with dirty lyrics, and the single "Emerge," which uses a full palette of sounds to stitch together a song as wild and adventurous as the group's imagery.

Sounds Like: Fisherspooner's synth-pop contemporaries – a group that includes Peaches and Miss Kitten, among others – just seem sexier and raunchier. Spooner's often-processed vocals don't allow too much personality to bust through the cold din of the music. Yes, the emphasis on image in music has increased since the dawn of music videos, and yes, people in odd makeup, outrageous costumes and doing interpretive dances are something to watch. Nonetheless, it's still probably a stretch to consider Fischerspooner a parody of style over substance.

–Brian Wong

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