Always Never Again

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The final nail in the dance-punk coffin? Yes, at least for me. As tired as the gutter trawling sub-section of the genre — Veronica Lipgloss and the like — is, it still fares better than preening, well-manicured and emotionally void constructs like Supersystem. What’s funny is, that like The Rapture before them, Supersystem’s name is their own hype machine, a facade to lead us to believe there’s something worthwhile behind the burbling electronics when there’s really not. As contemporary dance music, it’s serviceable; but as ’80s homage, it comes up too short of its inspiration. I defy any hipster, no matter how brain-dead, to choose to blare a selection from Always Never Again over a classic by Duran Duran, New Order, or any other of the litany of bands Supersystem is aping, on their dance club speakers.

The group’s biggest selling point is their bass player’s solo project, Edie Sedwick. That outfit sees Justin Moyer dolled up in drag, singing furious invectives directed at various random celebrities and ridiculing the vacuity of popular culture in general. For his next album, he might want to turn his sights on the emptiness of his full-time band.

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