Stainless Style - Neon Neon
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Neon Neon has created an album that isn't so much a straight-up replica of '80s excess as one that puts all of that indulgence into perspective, both emotionally and musically.
  2. US production whiz hires SFA mainman, perfect pastiche synth-pop ensues.
  3. Neon Neon's unique take on the concept record may have just re-invented the genre. [Spring 2008, p.84]
  4. 80
    Surface and feeling, Neon Neon dream the life with boundless imagination. [May 2008, p.108]
  5. 80
    Throughout the album, it's a thrill to hear Rhys' mellifluous voice juxtaposed with the music's synthetic thrust.
  6. 80
    Stainless Style is impressive for so many reasons--'Raquel,' dedicated to Miss Welch; hearing crunk meld with Italo Disco; a Yo Majesty cameo--but it's the utter lack of irony that steals the show.
  7. [A] terrific collaboration on DeLorean's life story. [Mar 2008, p.108]
  8. Detours into hip-hop and rap slow down the fast-paced action, but Neon Neon have poured as much love and attention to detail in this prototype as their hero put into his.
  9. As a document of its time, then, Stainless Style is remarkably successful. Taken on the base level of being an enjoyable pop album, it also triumphs handsomely.
  10. With this unexpectedly moving concept album about disgraced Back to the Future car designer John DeLorean, US producer Boom Bip and moonlighting Super Furry Gruff Rhys have come up with a new twist on hip hop's unholy trinity of cars, money and coke.
  11. Together they make the fat sound lean, make the mean brighten up and the past (i.e. Fatlip) feel a bit more relevant than it should.
  12. All fascinating stuff, and the resultant album is a fitting testament: exciting, yet flawed like the man (John DeLorean) himself.
  13. Seems that no matter what project Rhys is involved in, his love of bright, Brian Wilson-inspired melodies is going to shine through.
  14. 64
    Stainless Style is a head-scratcher that should heat up the club just fine. [Winter 2008, p.94]
  15. The interesting theme doesn't last.
  16. 60
    The duo's tinny new-wave pop is spot-on. [May 2008, p.104]
  17. Stainless Style's problem isn't the music so much as it is the ambivalent authenticity; it's impossible to determine if it's supposed to pay tribute to, make fun of, or be fully situated in the time and place of John DeLorean's rise and fall.

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