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  • Summary: Devo, the New Wave group from Ohio returns with its first album in over 20 years. It not only includes classic Devo but modern dance styles.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. There's also a contemporary fullness and distortion in the album's production that updates Devo's sound without sacrificing its unmistakable essence.
  2. Something for Everybody is pure Devo, triumphantly Devo, sincerely Devo, Devo without scare-quotes.
  3. It's the closest thing to a party album that Devo have ever released: every track is fast, insistent, loud, danceable, and wouldn't have been out of place in the Top 40 at any time over the last 30 years.
  4. The tunes are solid, and the quintet plays them with all the enthusiasm, vigor and focus that were missing from most of its post-Freedom of Choice recordings. The songwriting sags a bit in the second half.
  5. While some will complain that the satirical social commentary just isn't as razor-sharp, and that the wild, primal nerdiness of their first two efforts is long gone, the purposeful Something for Everybody is proudly not a nostalgia trip and is, instead, filled with age-appropriate subversion, right up to its ironic title.
  6. The Wire
    60
    For all the enjoyment that this slightly souped-up take on the old sound brings, this kind of comeback can't help but provoke feelings of disappointment and betrayal. [Jul 2010, p.54]
  7. Uncut
    20
    None of this would matter if the music had genuine quirk, but Something... is stuck in an eternally wacky MTV 1982 of the soul. [Sep 2010, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 2, 2011
    10
    What a great comeback. I find myself addicted to many of these tracks. Incredibly infectious, and I feel it compliments and updates theirWhat a great comeback. I find myself addicted to many of these tracks. Incredibly infectious, and I feel it compliments and updates their sound very well. Expand
  2. TomT.
    Jun 16, 2010
    10
    Great stuff. They boys are back.
  3. steve
    Jun 16, 2010
    10
    It's "its", devoluted one!
  4. EyesandTeeth
    Jun 15, 2010
    9
    20 years since their last album, here comes Devo, sounding like Devo. The Spuds have aged well. This is a fun, good-natured album. Crisply 20 years since their last album, here comes Devo, sounding like Devo. The Spuds have aged well. This is a fun, good-natured album. Crisply produced and tasty. Expand
  5. MikeyM.
    Jun 17, 2010
    9
    Great comeback album. A lot of fun not to mention a lot of bounce.
  6. JeffS.
    Jun 16, 2010
    9
    Just downright fun!

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