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Album Review

Ever dreamed of a collaboration between Scott Walker and the Human League? Then Laptop (aka Jesse Hartman) is your man. Laptop's debut full-length is, musically, a throw-back to '80s synth pop, and lyrically both smart and killing, though Hartman may be too self-aware for some listeners. Highlights include "End Credits," a song addressing the role technology plays in terminating a relationship. "Greatest Hit" is all about early-'80s funk, and chronicles a hilarious attempt at complementing a current girlfriend by comparing her to all the ones that came before. The electro cover of "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me" has roots in the Residents bag of tricks, and suggests what Kraftwerk might sound like if they lost their collective mind and started looking to Billy Joel for inspiration. Still, with all the humor and mockery on Opening Credits, nothing can prepare the listener for "I'm So Happy You Failed," a gleeful sing-along that is tongue-in-cheek, but biting nonetheless.


Born: 1997

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though he was just a teenager when he held down the keyboard chair on punk legend Richard Hell's 1990 comeback tour, it took a while for Jesse Hartman to get back into music. The Long Island native decided he'd rather become a moviemaker instead, attending film school and writing Happy Hour, which won the Best Short Film award at the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival. He also directed videos for several bands, including Helmet and Christmas. When Hartman did return to the world of tunes, it...
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