Planta (LP)


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Amoeba Review

06/10/2013

Despite the departure of guitarist Adriano Cintra last year, Brazilian party-rock band CSS soldier on. And perhaps because of his absence, fourth album Planta is a more electronically based album, eschewing some of the post-punk guitarwork that the band combined with chintzy electronics to great effect on their early material. Over glittering disco, the band seems to address their lineup change on one of the album’s strongest tracks, the Icarus-reffing “Into the Sun”: “Driving away into the sun, I’m looking forward, f*ck everyone/Leave him alone, starting a new day.” It’s a bold restatement from the band, who with the help of producer David Sitek (TV on the Radio), churn out catchy electronic pop across Planta. Rancid’s Tim Armstrong (who’s also worked with Pink, among others) co-writes single “Hangover,” which brings ska horns into the mix, doing a better No Doubt than No Doubt did on their last album. Singer Lovefoxx continues to be a driving force for the band, her accented delivery helping to carry the otherwise unremarkable “Honey,” and she shows she can actually sing pretty well behind the sass on the dreamy “Girlfriend,” channeling ’80s heroines like Cyndi Lauper and Siouxsie Sioux. And the band comes in for a good ol’ fashioned new-wave raveup on “Dynamite.” When the band is able to balance its newfound reliance on electronic shades with the charisma and energy of their early work, Planta truly shines.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Honey
CSS 04:02
2.
Hangover
CSS 02:41
3.
Into The Sun
CSS 04:57
4.
Girlfriend
CSS 03:12
5.
Dynamite
CSS 02:43
6.
Sweet
CSS 03:52
7.
Too Hot
CSS 03:55
8.
Teenage Tiger Cat
CSS 02:51
9.
Frankie Goes To North Hollywood
CSS 04:25
10.
The Hangout
CSS 03:02
11.
Faith In Love
CSS 04:38

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