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My Robot Friend Dial 0

My Robot Friend positions himself somewhere between the deadpan synthesizer jokiness of Devo and the droll sexual politics of Soft Pink Truth (with a pinch of Hot Chip's falsetto Casio-pop) for his sophomore album. Dial 0 delves, with self-aware merriment, into the horny desires of Howard Rigberg's circuit-based alter ego-"Swallow" is a goofy, boy-on-girl-on-machine electro-orgy while "The Good Part" casts Mr. Robot as a sexually frustrated sadbot crooning behind curtains of dark pop melody. Like the neon-rigged automaton suit he dons for live performances, My Robot Friend's music smacks of gimmickry-luckily, it‘s a smart, mostly listenable trick.

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