Since 2002, U.S.E. has forced critical and populous audiences alike into fits of euphoric dancing with their life-affirming, rock-based interpretation of electronica. Whether dominating frenzied clubs with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Junior Senior, Death Cab For Cutie and Aqueduct or overtaking arena shows with The Presidents of the United States of America, U.S.E. proffers the kind of four-on-the-floor beats and unbridled enthusiasm that put likeminded revelers Andrew W.K., Prince, Underworld and Daft Punk on the map. U.S.E. has hit upon a raw pop concoction all their own.
This sounds like the late 90's, in a bad way. It's almost like the artists tried to make the most family friendly album they could. They clearly tried to make catchy songs, but they don't work.
Style wise it's pop. That's not always a bad thing, but in the case it is a very bad thing.
How could your name be United State of Electronica without having anything remotely close to a display of synth skills?
Horrible, horrible cd. If for whatever reason you're still tempted to get this, please do yourself a favor and listen to it very closely first. I wish I would have.
They're fantastic live, they're great on this CD, and I recommend seeing them live if you so have the chance. =D
Beware if you don't like repetitive music.
I recommend this to anyone who likes Daft Punk, Broken Social Scene, or just electronica in general.
Listen if you like being lulled into a state of happiness.