Devil's Music

This Swedish band's dance pop is at once hyper-actively attention-hungry and synthetically bland, like the soundtrack to a video game set in a Euro club. Teddybears' second U.S. release seems designed to be a coming-out party, but it's just slick hodgepodge: Cee Lo Green joins the B-52s for the New Wave-y "Cho Cha," Eve big-ups her "bionic pelvis" on "Rocket Scientist," and Wayne Coyne appears on the vaguely funny drugtronica jam "Crystal Meth Christian." There's one great song, "Cardiac Arrest," in which Robyn cuts down a drunk club girl over an electro groove and surf guitar; everyone else here feels like scenery, but she's a show-stealer.

 Listen to "Cardiac Arrest" feat. Robyn:

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From The Archives Issue 1133: June 23, 2011
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