Cansei De Ser Sexy

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jul 11, 2006
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. CSS's music is almost immediately infectious and surprisingly poppy.
  2. Lots of handclaps, woo woo backing vocals, and laughs amid funny observations about contemporary urban hipster life reveal an assured and charming debut.
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    CSS’s debut is the real deal: eleven cuts of infectiously syncopated, tuneful post-punk that just may be the summer’s perfect soundtrack. [#14]
  4. If it weren't all so much fun, CSS would be really objectionable. But if it wasn't so objectionable, it certainly wouldn't be this much fun.
  5. There's not a song on the album that isn't catchy as all hell, but there are times when CSS... sound like Cibo Matto performing covers of The Shaggs.
  6. They sound like an unlikely, brilliantly wrong fusion of Tom Tom Club, dance culture and the Fall.
  7. Alternative Press
    80
    Quite an impressive start. [Aug 2006, p.206]
  8. Uncut
    80
    There's a gleeful, shonky exuberance to this debut all their own. [Aug 2006, p.88]
  9. Cansei de Ser Sexy works not because of its ability to break new musical ground but because of its ability to borrow from other influences and use them in new ways to avoid sounding totally contrived.
  10. Q Magazine
    80
    Their 11 post-punk/hip-hop songs are brittle, but catchy and fun. [Sep 2006, p.107]
  11. Crucially, CSS skilfully weave references not only to our OK magazine neurosis but the last few decades of music too, with a sophisticated mash of indie, '80s pop, disco and electro.
  12. A gleeful throwback to early-1980's art-school pop.
  13. Blender
    70
    They're not the kind of band that ages well... [but] one hot summer is all they need. [Aug 2006, p.107]
  14. The record is very reminiscent of the Sounds' 2006 release Dying to Say This to You, because of the sassy, provocative vocals as well as the overall mood.
  15. If only they can iron out this dichotomy between their more sophisticated looks at twenty-something hipster love and these over-the-top sex-me cuts, CSS could last longer than just being your latest summer crush.
  16. Cansei De Ser Sexy is an intriguing group with a lot of budding talent and real potential.
  17. Filter
    64
    As assured as it is unfinished. [#21, p.95]
  18. When they stop arching their eyebrows and put some work into doing time-tested pop stuff, they can be great.
  19. It's often quite wonderful, occasionally pretty woeful, but endearingly frantic and chaotic.
  20. Urb
    60
    It succeeds in the same subversive manner Peaches did six years ago. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.118]
  21. Once all is done and danced – in under 35 minutes – there’s no immediate desire to go around again.
  22. Basically, Cansei De Ser Sexy sounds like a thirty minute dance party full of shouted vocal lines and vapid lyrics.
  23. Cansei de Ser Sexy is a catchy, brief, and sweaty romp, but nothing that will wow, nothing that’ll smart, nothing that’ll leave a phone number next to the dildo on the bedside table the morning after.
  24. All the elements for a smart, catchy dance-rock album seem to be in place, but the final product still remains slightly unstructured and rehashed.
  25. Spin
    40
    These flat-voiced, fleetingly funky gangsta rips are too detached to be adorable. [Aug 2006, p.76]
  26. Cansei de Ser Sexy is just so acutely gaudy and trashy that, despite an abundance of spunk and sneer, it comes off as disaffected and impossibly irritating.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    7
    There's only 2 or 3 really good songs here, but there's something incredibly charming about their music that makes them interesting. BetterThere's only 2 or 3 really good songs here, but there's something incredibly charming about their music that makes them interesting. Better than Donkey still Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2010
    10
    CSS is a new kind of music.and they aren't worried with the sucess.the really important is the true fans.... they are original.and theyCSS is a new kind of music.and they aren't worried with the sucess.the really important is the true fans.... they are original.and they doesn't try to imitate no one band........... i love Css.and that's all Full Review »
  3. GabrieleA
    Dec 3, 2007
    10
    CSS Roxxx!