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Dada Life Just Do the Dada

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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.