3OH!3, "Streets of Gold"

Album Review

Following the release of its much buzzed-about 2008 breakout album, "Want," electro-rap duo 3OH!3 returns with more fast-paced, catchy digital-pop beats on its latest set, "Streets of Gold." The single "My First Kiss" (featuring Ke$ha) displays 3OH!3's knack for bracketing cheeky lyrics with a thumping bassline ("Kisses like whiskey/It gets me drunk/And I wake up in the morning with the taste of your tongue"), and "House Party" could be the 2010 version of the Beastie Boys' 1986 hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)." Amid a barrage of drumbeats and horns, the track urges listeners to "fuck the clubs" and stay indoors. And in a move that reveals a vulnerable side that hasn't been heard on past efforts, vocalist Sean Foreman trades rapping for a heartfelt delivery on "R.I.P." "The house has burned to ashes/I'm no longer in between/R.I.P., R.I.P., you and me," he sings.