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Album Review: Spank Rock - 'Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar'
Generally lacking any semblance of swing or groove
Yes, Spank Rock has gone all serious on us. “A man is not a man if he don’t shoot for the stars”, he hectors us tediously on the non-event of an opening track ‘Ta Da’, before later urging us to, “Fight for something/Stand for something” on confused anti-corporate rant ‘Turn It Off’. Yet he hasn’t had the confidence to ditch his old smut completely, with the result that neither his come-ons nor his calls to arms sound very convincing. In this post-Death Grips world, chanting “All you white girls shake it ’til my dick turn racist” just isn’t going to cut it in the shock stakes. Additionally, it’s hard to tell whether the off-key Black Eyed Peas chorus of ‘#1 Hit’ is ironic or not. Either way, it’s awful.
It doesn’t help that Juwan has ditched his old producer XXXChange and replaced him with German electro lummox Boys Noize, whose beats generally lack any semblance of swing or groove. The pair of them belatedly get it together for ‘Cool S#@!’ and the brilliant Can-sampling ‘Energy’, tracks which are unburdened by Spank’s previous hang-ups. But by then it’s too late. Spark is right about one thing at least: this album is boring, and everyone who says otherwise is a fucking liar.
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