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Album Review

It's telling that Dragonette titled their second album Fixin to Thrill, and not just straight-up Thrillin', even if it absolutely makes good on that stated intention. Notwithstanding the band's uber-stylish panache and the dangerously glitzy, fabulously sordid rock & roll lifestyle their music projects, there's no denying that the frequently fantastic fun and giddy thrills to be found here are the upshot of some serious craftsmanship. Dragonette are, above all, pop perfectionists, carefully culling all the shiniest bits from '80s new wave (from Duran Duran to the Go-Go's), '90s alt pop (they bear a passing resemblance to No Doubt, a more striking one to the sweet 'n' dirty electro-rock crunch of Garbage), and full-throttle '00s teen pop to concoct an obviously familiar but still effortlessly modern sound to match their punky-spunky energy. But that wouldn't count for much if not for the earworm-y melodies this album boasts in spades, with almost every cut packed full of naggingly catchy synth riffs, vocal hooks, and guitar lines. Fixin may lack a clear, massive standout to match Galore's "I Get Around" (the title track's a decent attempt, but it falls a bit short) but otherwise it marks a slight but noticeable improvement on the band's already-pretty-great debut, a more consistent batch of songs paced so that the highlights keep on coming. For the most part, the odd-numbered songs tend to be the strongest, including the sinuous, sinister "Liar," the goofy, superhero-themed "We Rule the World," and the irresistibly bouncy "Okay Dolore," quasi-cheerleader pop with enough (synthetic) handclaps to do Toni Basil proud. While the band's tendency for oddball stylistic detours is toned down here next to Galore's unscheduled excursions to Bollywood and Tin Pan Alley, the peppy banjos on "Gone Too Far," the kids choir breakdown on "Stupid Grin," and gentle cabaret stylings of "You're a Disaster" keep that sense of playfulness alive in a somewhat more integrated fashion. But the most striking and promising new development here may be an emotional one. "Easy," by some margin the album's best song, is an unusually tender expression of doomed, devoted love with a slinky, sparsely funky electro groove that drops out partway through for a rare moment of vulnerability from the normally all-sass Martina Sobrara: a sweetly harmonized, awkwardly phrased plea imploring her lover not to play games with her fragile heart. It's a total sucker move coming from these guys, an arresting, affecting moment regardless of whether you hear it as unfettered emotionalism or simply a top-notch example of how true pop greatness is to be found in the small details, a lesson that these crafty popsters have definitely taken to heart. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Best Album of The Year!

When I first heard this album I was like WOW! I love every single song! They have new beats and cathy songs..
Fixin' to Thrill(10/10 Great single to be out as the first song)
Gone Too Far (10/10 Catchy just makes me wanna dance and put on a cowboy hat)
Liar (9/10 Great song for a LIAR!)
Stupid Grin (10/10 My drinking song)
Easy (10/10 A good song to be driving around and sing-a-long)
Pick Up The Phone (10/10 I'm so glad this was the 2nd single its so catchy and upbeat)
We Rule The World (8/10 It reminds of a powerfuff girls song but still a great song)
Big Sunglasses (10/10 a barbie song I love it!)
Okay Dolores (8/10 a good song but not the strongest)
Come On Be Good (8/10 a good song but not as catchy as the other ones but still jamming to this song)
You're a Diaster (10/10 its a good song this is the one I'm playing the most right now)
Don't Be Funny (10/10 MY FAVORITE! I can't stop singing this song)

This album is just AMAZING! I'm so glad I found them when they were on the Galore Era. I can't wait for more albums like THESE from them. <3 Dragonette!


The songs on Fixin to Thrill are great. They just don't have the cohesive feeling of a record.

The title track shows a new side to Dragonette, a darker, synth-ful side also exemplified in Gone Too Far, We Rule the World, Come on Be Good, and Don't Be Funny. Then there are tracks like Liar, Stupid Grin, Pick Up the Phone, and Big Sunglasses that could have all easily joined ranks with the dance jams on Galore. Be Good and Be Funny almost bridge the gap, but then there are red herrings like Easy, You're a Disaster, and Okay Dolores that simply seem like they were chucked in just to throw you off.

Top songs: Fixin to Thrill, Gone Too Far, Stupid Grin, Big Sunglasses, Come on Be Good, and Okay Dolores [secretly?] featuring Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara) on backing vocals.

Fans will like the album; it's just more like being hit by a hailstorm of tunes from every direction rather than taking a headshot from a snowball. Schizophrenic. It'll grow on you if you give it time.

A Little Disappointed . . .

The first album was a refreshing look at electro pop. Yes it was overly sex charged & a little self indulgent, but man were the songs catchy. Not ever had there been an album that left me feeling slapped across the face. I mean this album HAS to be just as brilliant right? WRONG!

Sorry, but this album just feels really dumbed down in comparison. At first look, it seemed to have what it takes to become am exceptional album. Sexy lyrics? Check. Heavy heart thumping beats? Check. Soul? Erm . . .
Simply put, a majority of the album just felt devoid of life. Where's the ever so giddy "Get Lucky" from last year? Where's the beastly "Take it Like a Man"s, "I Get Around"s & "Jesus Doesn't Love Me Anymore"s this time around? The same songs that made me foam at the mouth with every listen have all gone AWOL. Don't get me wrong, there are a few noteworthy songs. I particularly loved "Don't Be Funny" & "Okay Dolores", but most others are forgettable. Honestly, I am saddened by this release. I look forward to their next album however. Cheers.


Formed: 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

Formed by singer/songwriter Martina Sorbara and her husband, bassist Dan Kurtz, Canadian electro-poppers Dragonette have drawn comparisons to the Scissor Sisters, No Doubt, and the Killers, thanks to the new wave sheen that dominated their early sound. However, as later albums like Bodyparts and the group's international hit "Hello," a collaboration with producer Martin Solveig proved, the group had a confident identity of their own. Prior to the formation of Dragonette, singer and lyricist Martina...
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