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The Pinker Tones Wild Animals

Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones has a reputation for endearing quirkiness, so what's immediately striking about this album is how much of it is rather conventional. There's still bubbly electronic pop here–“The Whistling Song,” with reggae star Jimmy Lindsay on guest vocals, and the squelchy “Electrotumbao” are both excellently idiosyncratic. But who needs another tired vocoder-laden robot-sex track like “S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T.”? And “Hold On” never takes its rock groove anywhere particularly interesting. In contrast, the group uses the retro horns on “24” better, and “Biorganised” floats blissfully. Conventional doesn't necessarily mean bad, though, and as a whole the album manages to balance out its more familiar moments.

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