Unlike retro contemporaries the Killers and Scissor Sisters, Under The Influence Of Giants doesn't strive to keep one foot planted in the new millennium.

Unlike retro contemporaries the Killers and Scissor Sisters, Under The Influence Of Giants doesn't strive to keep one foot planted in the new millennium. These dance mavens know what time it is, but their eyes are fixed on a disco ball in the distant past. The hipster party gets rolling with "Ah Ha," the horn-fortified "Got Nothing" and New Romantic-flavored "In the Clouds" before delving into production standards that ruled radio 30 years ago. "Mama's Room" is distantly related to the Rolling Stones' "Girl I Miss You," "I Love You" is late-afternoon lite rock and "Meaningless Love" owes its chorus to the Bee Gees. Under The Influence Of Giants does keep itself modern by shunning disco's kitschy effects (whistles, et al) and bombastic nature, guaranteeing a longer shelf life. -- Christa L. Titus

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