Technicolor Health - Harlem Shakes

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    Technicolor Health amply delivers on the promis of their 2007 EP, "Burning Birthdays." [Apr 2009, p.86]
  2. Technicolor Health is as bright and vital as the title implies.
  3. In reality, Technicolor Health is a remarkably eclectic, dynamic album even in its use of rather obvious launching points.
  4. So in comes an album with zero individuality, zero originality, zero workaroundability...and it’s really good. How good this thing can get is sort of terrifying considering how bad this material might sound in the hands of other bands.
  5. 70
    Scored with ramshackle grandeur by scribbly guitars, fat horns, poignant keyboards and ragtag sing-alongs, Benaim’s lyrics narrate the anxieties and optimisms of New York City’s young, educated and underemployed.
  6. "This will be a better year," sing the Shakes on 'Strictly Game.' If based purely on the imagination shown in this innovative album, it will be.
  7. There is much potential here, and once you get past all of the sound-like gestures, the band's abilities can shine through. [Spring 2009, p.71]
  8. Maybe the record could have been improved by splitting up the opening duo of songs, maybe a less fussy production job could have done the trick.
  9. Harlem Shakes are in their early days and still sound like they are trying a little too hard; it’s an absolutely excusable quality in a young band, if not always endearing. Harlem Shakes have plenty to be proud of; they’ve also got even more to prove the next time around.
  10. Fortunately, even if the band's lack of cynicism often veers to the opposite extreme, the Harlem Shakes' handshake-and-smile approach is hard to outright dislike.

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