Venus On Earth - Dengue Fever
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  • Summary: The Los Angeles-based band that mixes Cambodian pop to rock music releases its third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The band loosens up here quite a bit, letting things swing more, drone more, and echo more. [Winter 2008, p.81]
  2. 80
    Always led by the miraculous voice of Ch'hom Nimol. So beautifully and effectively, in fact, that they end up giving fusion a good name. [Feb 2008, p.78]
  3. Sexy and eclectic, it's world music for the cool kids.
  4. 80
    The punk grooves of 'Laugh Track' or 'Seeing Hands' and the near-perfect Phnom Pehn pop of 'Mr. Orange' or "Monsoon Of Perfume' bookend a set that grows in strength with each play. [Feb 2008, p.110]
  5. 70
    Venus on Earth feels impulsive and rich, rippling with surf psychedelia and exultant brass swing.
  6. 70
    Even the otherworld instrumental 'Oceans of Venus' can’t counterbalance Venus’s ballad-heavy bottom half.
  7. Even when their songs pass muster, the performances feel ineffectual, which makes long stretches of Venus on Earth drag semi-miserably.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Joy
    Feb 13, 2008
    10
    Psychedelic combines a beautiful Khmer-language vocalist,it's new avant-pop music a bit like "Beirut".It's a new form of music post-modernism we should concentrate on. Expand
  2. SDK
    Feb 1, 2008
    9
    Their latest and most solid release to date - venus on earth carries with it no baggage but yet trims all the edges of the past and creates a newness for all to hear, feel and breathe. there's a trust with the musicians - a bond as the album moves. it keeps you coming back for more. Expand
  3. IlyaR
    Mar 1, 2008
    8
    The blend of flawless harmonies and novel infusion of world music makes this album one that you can listen to over and over without getting bored.
  4. BrianP.
    Jan 27, 2008
    6
    Kind of disappointing... their last album was fantastic, but this falls short. There's a lot more English on this one, which I think was the wrong way to go. The indecipherable Khmer lyrics are half their charm. Expand