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Editors’ Notes

Warning: completely inappropriate and explicit humor ahead! While it’s pretty funny that France’s the Teenagers — formed on a whim and a chuckle — have become favorites of the electro-pop set, you can’t ignore that they whip up great beats to serve alongside scrambled, adolescent emotions. Their attention-getting singles (included here), “Homecoming,” “F*** Nicole,” and “Starlet Johansson,” are spot-on totems to confused and frustrated young lust, and they don’t mince words. The synths crackle and soar, the guitars crack like whips, and vocalist Quentin Delafon pours on the faux sincerity or the droll cool as needed. Their sound is both lush and austere, hugely dance-worthy, and somewhat repetitious. From the seduction (“French Kiss”) to the break-up (“End of the Road”), the Teenagers capture the in-between (“III” — “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know anything at all!”) as well as any Gus Van Sant movie. Think of Reality Check as the soundtrack to modern adolescence, with a caustic, dark sting in place of the cotton candy, John Hughes fluff of the ‘80s. The times, they are a changin’.

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Not just 'mere smut' as has been accused ...

This really is a well-made album. I've been listening to them for a while, and I've have been obsessed since. And people accusing them of no musicality is very silly and immature. The album is not meant to be dirty for the sake of 'impurity': it is meant to be comical, while offering many cultural aspects (look at the perspectivism of specific words in 'Homecoming', and you can realise it is not just irreverant 'filth'). Essentially, they are a band that enjoys making fun music, and this album is just that.

if i had 3 thumbs, id give it 3 thumbs up

this cd is so amusing. i dont get how some people could hate on it, the songs are catchy, funny, and if you have some knowledge on music, then you gotta admit that there is a lot of potential to this band. so have an open mind people, the teenagers are great! :)

I loved my english romance....

ah the sweet, albeit dirty, sounds of The Teenagers. I was SO not aware that their album was coming out stateside today. Tscha! its the perfect pick-me up in all this pre-finals stress! Too bad i'm almost broke though.... Best song: Homecoming. These guys are Great with a capital G. back to studying. Buy this album! or at least some of the songs!

Biography

Formed: France

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

An irreverent, humorous bunch of scraggly neo-new wave indie rockers, the Teenagers — Frenchmen Quentin Delafon, Dorian Dumont, and Michael Szpiner — formed in late 2005. Initially, they formed as a joke; they created a MySpace profile for their nonexistent band and used the comments they received as the inspiration for their first lyrics (as heard on "F**k Nicole"). The Merok label signed the band and released a couple of the band's singles in 2007, including "Homecoming" (which featured...
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