Proof that you can't cover up bad ideas with mediocre collaborations
Northern Irish dance act [a]The Japanese Popstars[/a] have just signed to Virgin and had a whole bunch of guests thrown at them. This second album contains forgettable turns from Morgan Kibby of [a]M83[/a] and Lisa Hannigan, who perform over functional mid-tempo house with large, under-discerning rooms in mind.
There are wasted opportunities with both Robert Smith of [a]The Cure[/a] and Jon Spencer of [a]Blues Explosion[/a] fame, plus a whine-fest from Mrs Tom Bowman from [a]Editors[/a]. The [a]Green Velvet[/a] collaboration is admittedly top notch, but the guest budget would have been better spent on giving the band time to come up with good ideas in the first place.