[LP] THE DANCE PARTY know that IF YOU CAN hear then you can party

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♫ The Dance Party – If You Can

If you follow The Burning Ear then you know The Dance Party’s “Sasha Don’t Sleep” is one of my favorite songs of this blog (original, accolades, remix, remix). And if you agree with me at all on that one then you probably wondered how a debut LP would sound from this DC/LA quartet. Touch dropped in September and although it took me a while to get a hold of it I have been chewing on it the past few weeks in an attempt to figure out what was going on. My favorite thing about the version of “Sasha Don’t Sleep” that it my ears 18 months ago was it’s raw energy and unbridled rock n roll attitude. Each instrument was audible and clear in it’s role to propel the song into the crevices of my brain. Unfortunately Touch opens with a new version of the song that somehow feels flat. All the notes are in the same place but the production is so glossy it losses some impact. The whole album leans to the shiny side which will make it hard to swallow for negative Nancys and those adverse to dancing with their arms in the air. However, if you can get on the same wavelength as these appropriately named party starters then you are in for some crisp dance-rock jams that are sure to go down easy with a couple drinks and a strobe light. My pick of the 13 jams is “If You Can” which has all the staples of a Dance Party track, including that oh-s0-important instantly sing-along-able chorus. Other dance jams “Snake Eyes” and “Let’s Start Some Trouble” are also worth some attention. In the end it’s not an album that’s going on anyones best-of lists but it can certainly fuel a few parties for the willing dance party participant!

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5 replies
  1. J Rich
    J Rich says:

    not sure how i feel about this album. it’s pretty fun, but doesn’t live up to that original sasha don’t sleep promise. and agree that new version sounds similar to the old but lost some of the energy that made it so awesome. strange to tone down such a sweet jam.

  2. Matt A
    Matt A says:

    You hit the nail on the head with your review… its good, but just doesn’t like J Rich said it doesn’t live up to what I’d hoped it would be…

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