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Dada Life Just Do the Dada

Is it possible to cuddle an album? Because the new album from Swedes Stefan Engblom and Olle Corneér (a.k.a. Dada Life) is kind of adorable. The tongue-in-cheek house here combines acid, electro, and a certain mischievousness, with results that are simultaneously kitschy and polished. In the wrong hands, first single “Happy Hands & Happy Feet” could have devolved into saccharine tweaker-fest, but Dada Life uses darkly driving synths to keep the sugar in check. “Don't Snort the Yellow Snow” features slabs of thick distortion and “Cheap Thrills for a Lost Generation” is stutteringly implacable. One could even say that the music is actually good enough to forgive the wretchedly cheesy album title.

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