Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. However, if 'Devin Dazzle And The Neon Fever' proves anything, it proves that Felix knows three years have passed since [Kittenz]. Now he's partying like it's 1984. It's a development of almost comical chutzpah, and it's one that he wears terrifically well.
  2. 83
    Even more '80s than its predecessor. [Jul 2004, p.105]
  3. Hyper-concept pseudo-narratives aside, Devin Dazzle is, in a word, shocking, where shocking = rocking and rocking = danceable and danceable = nuts and nuts = 80s kitsch-sex-funk-house-new-wave-punk-disco.
  4. 80
    It's not as spiky or sleazy as 2001's superlative Kittenz And Thee Glitz... but this is shiny, addictive pop that's never lost for a good tune. [Jun 2004, p.114]
  5. 80
    The sort of herky, jerky new wave Molly Ringwald might have bopped to in The Breakfast Club. [Jun 2004, p.95]
  6. 80
    Digs deeper into his sonic bag of tricks, producing a panorama of inspired ideas. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.125]
  7. It's all a welcome change from dance-scene earnestness, and worth 48 minutes of anyone's time.
  8. 80
    Felix Da Housecat’s shift into the wastelands of punk- funk and No Wave has given ‘Devin Dazzle And The Neon Fever’ the feel of an excursion into virgin territory.
  9. For such a musically potent album, it sometimes lacks something interesting to say.... But make no mistake; this is the most daring, catchy, and dramatic dance music you're going to hear this summer.
  10. Felix da Housecat appears to have approached this record in the same manner as other pop craftsmen like Stephen Merritt or Elvis Costello might: as a tireless effort to mine sub-styles and hooks that populate his detail-oriented visions of the perfect song. While that might translate into a record that fails to sit totally comfortably in either the pop or dance section of the CD shop, it's hardly lacking in compositional substance or high-toned flash.
  11. 76
    Housecat isn't exactly reinventing the wheel; he's dusting it off and spray painting it electric blue. [#9, p.102]
  12. A technicolor blast that pairs hooky guitar and keyboard riffs with plenty of four on the floor beats and sing-along vocals.
  13. 70
    A set of abrasively melodic pop songs. [May 2004, p.124]
  14. If label executives of 1982 were brought to the present day, they'd hear at least six singles here.
  15. Half of the album sounds phoned-in and flat.
  16. It's ultimately too well-mannered and surprise-free. [Jun 2004, p.97]
  17. [Its] Atari-quality grooves and soulless Berlin homages reek of '80s hipster trash. [4 June 2004, p.80]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MichaelK
    Jun 16, 2004
    8
    This album plays like an excellent mix disc with great flow between tracks and a nice variety amongst the guest vocalists and the different styles incorporated here (electroclash, Prince-like R&B, etc.). What a party! Full Review »
  2. PaulK
    Jun 4, 2004
    9
    old techniques renewed and recycled into something truly catchy and beautiful. one of the most interesting records to come out this year. pickitup.
  3. ErikK
    May 28, 2004
    10
    It is the perfect hybrid of dub,rock,electro, punk. . . oh man it is a very special cd indeed. Genre bending. You must give in to the "theme" of Devin Dazzle to fully appreciate. Excellent concept album. Full Review »