Viral video-stars-turned-major-label recording artists Karmin (real-life couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan) have a great back-story. They also have one of the most aggressively obnoxious debut albums in recent memory. The Boston duo burst to prominence with peppy-precious electro covers of Lil Wayne and Chris Brown; for Hello they teamed with heavy-hitting songwriter-producers like Stargate. But the shtick is the same, as the pair retain a self-conscious “goofiness” that suggests the whole thing is a joke. Some of it is catchy – “Brokenhearted” has an irrefutable hook – but Heidemann’s daffiness and horrendous rapping spoil the broth every time. Karmin can make you hate pop music.
Listen to Karmin’s ‘Hello’: