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Album Review

Cobra Starship would likely be the first to agree if you were to call them a joke band. The goofball lyrics, the kitsch-en sink approach to the music, and the day-glo visual images they portray are the work of a band that doesn't take itself seriously at all. The only point of contention would be whether the joke is funny and worth telling repeatedly, or if it's an annoying one that may have been funny once but is now wearing itself thin. If you are in the latter camp, then Hot Mess will hold no appeal for you at all. The silly dance pop, lightweight emo pop, and generally irreverent approach to music will make you want to break the disc in half. On the other hand, if that list sounds good to you, then Hot Mess is just what you'll want to be spinning on hot summer nights, late-night dance parties, and girl/boy's nights out. That their sound includes healthy doses of cheerleader chants, glam rock shouts, corny synth lines (played on the most cheesy of all synths, the keytar), mindless dance beats, arena rock guitars, totally fake hip-hop poses, '80s pop rip-offs, and vocodered vocals makes it a near-perfect pop sound for the age of short attention spans, gossip girls, and guyliner, and sounds like exactly what the title promises. The songs that sound like pre-ordained radio hits like "Good Girls Go Bad" (which features the amazingly post-modern guest list of Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester on vocals, Lil Wayne producer Kevin Rudolf behind the board, and a co-write from pro songwriter/Am Idol judge Kara DioGaurdi), "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Move Like You Gonna Die" have all the spangles, club sweat, and ridiculous energy you'd expect, but this time out you can also hear a little bit of real emotion (on the heartbroken R&B jam "The World Will Never," or the seemingly heartfelt and melancholy "Fold Your Hands Child"), some earnestly sweet melodies (the chorus of "Living in the Sky with Diamonds"), and a feeling that even though the band is a joke, it doesn't have to be a total throw away one-liner all the time. These slight diversions also keep the record from feeling like a non-stop rush of sugar-smacked silliness, which is something that made the last record less than a success. Hot Mess is a complete success and shows that the band could possibly grow past the comedy and become something else entirely. Not that they need to, though, it's be perfectly fine if Cobra Starship stayed a joke and kept making records as fun and frothy as Hot Mess.

Customer Reviews

Well let's just say sellouts aren't my thing

I hate to say it but has anybody else gotten the idea that Cobra Starship is selling out? Really, you listen to Viva la Cobra and then this and you can't even tell it's by the same band. It's totally different, in a bad way...the only songs I liked on it were Nice Guys Finish Last and Fold Your Hands they've gone mainstream and I will never hear the band I loved again...isn't that sad? ;(

if this was facebook, i'd have to leave a 'dislike.' comment.

I fell in love with Cobra's first album, the second one was good, but I'm just not a fan of the third. The songs are strangely slow and full of odd vocals, and I'm just not a fan. All of the reviews saying "OMG IF YOU LIKE COBRA YOU'LL LOVE THIS" are wrong, in my opinion.

I've Got My Fangs Up :D

When I saw that it was already avaliable for purchase, I got it. I had to, any Cobra fan will not be dissapointed. They came back with the same big beats you heard like in "The City is at War" and "Send My Love To The Dancefloor"... The only reason i didn't give it 5 stars was because I hope there not being to pop, they released their single with Leighton Meester, and now people (mainly girls) are like "OMG Im like totally in love with Cobra" or "I love that song, it makes good girls like me go bad" -_- thats why only 4 stars. Well if you love Cobra and Gabe <3 or Victoria <3 then get it, you wont be dissapointed, they came back, with style and good songs and the same funny lyrics we love and crave :D


Formed: 2005 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As the legend of Cobra Starship would have it, frontman Gabe Saporta fled into the deserts of Arizona one day to find the true meaning of his existence away from his emo-rock band, Midtown. Saporta spent days and nights pondering life, mysterious lights constantly plaguing the nighttime sky above him. One distinct night, the lights became so mesmerizing that Gabe became catatonic and started levitating into the air. A snake suddenly came out of nowhere, bit his neck, and he awoke to find a talking...
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