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Empire of the Sun

Walking on a Dream

RS: 3of 5 Stars

2009

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This wigged-out Aussie duo — featuring Luke Steele of the Sleepy Jackson — have lots of straightforward pop chops, but they prefer to get wonky with cheesetastic, Eighties-flavored keyboards and nonsense rhymes like "Hotdog belt donut melt/Magpie knelt by itself." Their debut sounds like Europop on Special K: "We Are the People" could be MGMT, combining acoustic guitar, a disco beat and a high-register refrain that begins, "We are the people that rule the world." "Without You" evokes Labyrinth-era Bowie with its deep, quivering vocals and loopy keyboards. Welcome to the overripe Eighties.



CHRISTIAN HOARD

(Posted: Apr 14, 2009)

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