Favorite

Electric Six: Absolute Pleasure (Metropolis) 

The dynamic blend of Motor City hard-rock riffing and funky disco rhythms practiced by Detroit band Electric Six is best displayed in an anything-goes concert setting. So the group's first live album was a no-brainer.

The band's audacious attitude and unbridled enthusiasm can be credited in large part to the booming presence of frontman Dick Valentine, who comes across like a hybrid of carnival barker and drag-race announcer, whether he's testifying in song or engaging in between-songs patter.

An obvious highlight on the 17-track album is almost-hit "Danger! High Voltage!," in which a dance-floor inferno serves as proxy for incendiary love. Tracks such as "Infected Girls," "Jam It in the Hole" and "I Buy the Drugs" may lack subtlety, but they also are dosed with serious levels of rock 'n' roll abandon. Then there's "Gay Bar," a near-perfect example of wah-wah-laced psychedelic-garage rave-up.

"Future is in the Future" embraces living in the moment with muscular guitars, a robust dance beat and a Prince-style synth figure. It also features a breakdown during which the ever-charismatic Valentine repeatedly lauds his drummer and reminds the audience they are present during the making of an important live record. That self-aware hucksterism cannily balances irony and sincerity, and somehow the result is irresistible.

More by Gene Armstrong

  • Primer

    Tony Furtado
    • May 29, 2014
  • Wills Meets Reinhardt

    L.A.'s Cow Bop blends bebop and Western swing into a superbly danceable combo
    • May 22, 2014
  • Finding (the Eighth) Mr. Right

    Superb performances drive the '60s satire of Live Theatre Workshop's Loot
    • May 15, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Facebook Recommendations

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Love is the Only Truth

    Rapper, poet Ezra Letra gets to the heart of his work, words and hip-hop
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • Music Counts

    Friends of Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl celebrate their music with a benefit for the Lupus Foundation
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • More »

Facebook Activity

Tucson Weekly on Facebook

© 2014 Tucson Weekly | 3725 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation