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Rating: 7/10 ?

July 2, 2009
Though a lot of the interest in this album will undoubtedly be centered on how it compares to work by Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, the groups these two guys normally spend their time in, but you don't necessarily have to be a fan of either to enjoy LP, a glitchy, synth-poppy answer to the recent chart dominance of Auto-Tuned dance tracks.

Nowhere does this record work better than on the outstanding lead single "So Insane." There are approximately three different hooks, all of them effective, and is the best example of the video-game synths at work. Elsewhere, we find an excellently dub-influenced keyboard sound punctuate the chorus of the pleasurable "Can You Discover?" Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian fills in guest vocals for "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," another standout whose catchiness outdoes even Ezra Koenig's own guest spot "Carby."

What's the most remarkable about LP is that even as I'm beginning to write my paragraph about songs that don't quite work, I'll find yet another hook getting lodged in my brain. The songs that fall flattest are the ones where the lyrics stick out too much, but even those ("Osaka Loop Line" comes to mind) make themselves at home at the front of your brain.

When the band recreates the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" using gobs of Auto-Tune and replacing all of the instruments with keyboards, it's clearer how playful this album is supposed to feel and sound. People will either love the cover or hate it, but it serves as sort of a mission statement (whether it intends to or not) as a fun, lighthearted moment, and anyone who hasn't gotten the joke at this point will get a clue.

Despite the tossed-off feel, LP comes across as a genuine attempt to create authentic '80s dance pop. And it succeeds spectacularly as long as you don't overthink it. It's all id-pleasuring pop created for indie-nerds to get down to, so don't let your cerebral leanings get in the way of a good time.

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