The Looks - MSTRKRFT
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  • Summary: This is the full-length debut for the new duo of Death From Above 1979's Jesse Keeler and that band's producer, Al-P.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It[']s by no means an album for all times, and can get too repetitive for its own good, but in the right place, at the right moment not much tops it.
  2. 80
    The Looks shows off MSTRKRFT's deep understanding of making people move. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.125]
  3. Poaching multifarious links from dance music's evolutionary chain, MSTRKRFT grind the good-time sounds of Marshall Jefferson-era Chicago house with harder Detroit techno, and use much of the rest of the album to stretch their ideas out.
  4. Sweaty and thick, convincingly urgent and highly sexual. [Jul 2006, p.210]
  5. Keeler succeeds in meticulously reconstructing the electronic music he clearly has a taste for, but without stirring in any of his own personality the songs do little more than run in place, joylessly hitting the marks without changing the rules in any meaningful or attention-grabbing way.
  6. MSTRKRFT have essentially made an album of great productions and remixes and then forgotten to invite any artists or records along to help them out.
  7. It just about succeeds in sweaty five-minute blasts, but there's no excuse for a record as flatly anonymous as this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. scorpio
    Aug 16, 2006
    10
    All 8 tracks on this album are house-music gems. If you enjoy dancing, give it a try.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 20, 2006
    9
    I can see how critics wouldn't like this, because it isn't really groundbreaking or challenging, but that's exactly what makes I can see how critics wouldn't like this, because it isn't really groundbreaking or challenging, but that's exactly what makes it so much fun. Anyone who likes DFA79 or house music should listen to it, it's a great energetic CD, perfect for dancing. Expand
  3. DavidS
    Nov 5, 2006
    8
    I know that people have said Daft Punk, and that was my main reason for picking up this album, but it's differences make it something I know that people have said Daft Punk, and that was my main reason for picking up this album, but it's differences make it something that, if you can get past the actual strangeness of the album, it has a unique, gritty charm. It's unique, and a breath of fresh air from the usual electronica genre. Expand
  4. davet
    Aug 13, 2006
    7
    i came at this disk with little dance music experience. it is accessible and bootyshakin at the same time
  5. chubbstar
    Sep 7, 2006
    5
    rehash daft punk. but GOOD rehash daft punk. no points for creativity here tho.
  6. Dan
    Aug 28, 2006
    5
    I don't see how the user reviews are so polarized here. To me this album is extremely middle of the road. It sometimes develops cool I don't see how the user reviews are so polarized here. To me this album is extremely middle of the road. It sometimes develops cool loops and hooks, but does nothing but repeat them relentlessly. The album just goes nowhere. What happened here? It's surprising because the band puts out such wonderful remixes. Expand
  7. lucasp
    Aug 18, 2006
    1
    anyone listening to this record with a previous interest in dance music (ie not the kids hitching along with the vice records/dfa 1979 anyone listening to this record with a previous interest in dance music (ie not the kids hitching along with the vice records/dfa 1979 bandwagon, who will love it without reserve) will see through its gloss (and liberal slathering of incessant vocoders) as the cheap 80s retro-cool cash in it is. Expand

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