Devo, "Something for Everybody"

88 Billboard Rating

Devo's ninth studio album, "Something for Everybody," is more than the new wave art rockers' first record in 20 years--it's an ongoing multimedia, performance-art-project-slash-marketing-campaign designed to reintroduce the band as "DEVO Inc." with engaging and hilarious commentary on American corporate culture and conformity. The album's 12 tracks were chosen through a crowd-sourced "Song Study" and are true to the band's longstanding formula of synth-and-guitar jolts, hyper-catchy riffs and winking comment on the human condition. While there's a uniformity across the tracks in tempo and vibe, first single "Fresh" booms out of the gate with an unforgettable refrain, while "Please Baby Please" and "Human Rocket" have a bounce and crunch made for the gym or dancefloor. The track "Step Up" is hard-beating and inspirational compared with the slight cynicism of political disco jam "Sumthin'." There's also a contemporary fullness and distortion in the album's production that updates Devo's sound without sacrificing its unmistakable essence. --Evie Nagy

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