Groove Armada, "Black Light"

Album Review

British electronic duo Groove Armada is best-known in the mainstream for teaming with Fatboy Slim on the 1999 booty-shakin' Big Beat hit "I See You Baby." But with the release of its seventh full-length album, "Black Light," Groove Armada has a new claim to fame. The quietly brilliant set translates the dance-rock explosion through the lenses of two guys who have lived the dance scene from the beginning. The result is well-read pop music that hints at everything from David Bowie to ESG to Serge Gainsbourg. There could even be a hipster hit--the song "Paper Romance" ambles into a shout-sing chorus that MGMT fans won't be able to resist. Wrapped within this revelation is Saint Saviour, a co-writer on the album who also lends vocals to select songs in a style that switches from Robyn to Róisín Murphy to Stevie Nicks.