10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After listening to Cobra Starship’s fourth album, it’s difficult to believe that Gabe Saporta started the band as a joke. It’s not that Night Shades takes itself seriously, but some serious work went into crafting this near-perfect party album. The amorous power-pop opener “You Belong to Me” starts strong with romantic lyrics crooned over a synthesizer-dappled soundscape before Cobra Starship takes flight with “You Make Me Feel.” Featuring Britney Spears collaborator Sabi, this is a powerhouse of a dance- floor smash that plays like Lady Gaga going back in time three decades for the sole purpose of reinventing new wave. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder gives “#1Nite (One Night)” his King Midas touch which closely recalls Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love.” Female French rock band Plastiscines make an awesome appearance on “Fool Like Me” — easily the catchiest tune here. The triumphant dance anthem “Disaster Boy” is another gem with Victoria Asher’s keytar and demure vocals giving the tune some ‘80s-inspired cool. Of the three bonus tracks, Shaggy’s cameo on “Anything For Love” is a standout.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After listening to Cobra Starship’s fourth album, it’s difficult to believe that Gabe Saporta started the band as a joke. It’s not that Night Shades takes itself seriously, but some serious work went into crafting this near-perfect party album. The amorous power-pop opener “You Belong to Me” starts strong with romantic lyrics crooned over a synthesizer-dappled soundscape before Cobra Starship takes flight with “You Make Me Feel.” Featuring Britney Spears collaborator Sabi, this is a powerhouse of a dance- floor smash that plays like Lady Gaga going back in time three decades for the sole purpose of reinventing new wave. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder gives “#1Nite (One Night)” his King Midas touch which closely recalls Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love.” Female French rock band Plastiscines make an awesome appearance on “Fool Like Me” — easily the catchiest tune here. The triumphant dance anthem “Disaster Boy” is another gem with Victoria Asher’s keytar and demure vocals giving the tune some ‘80s-inspired cool. Of the three bonus tracks, Shaggy’s cameo on “Anything For Love” is a standout.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
380 Ratings
380 Ratings
musicloversuckers1 ,

Buy "You Make Me Feel..." and avoid the rest

After hearing "You Make Me Feel...", I was hooked and wanted more from Cobra Starship. Mind you, I loved their debut song for the film "Snakes on a Plane" ever since it premiered but I didn't find Starship until their '11 addition. What can I say? "Night Shades" is an utter disappointment chock full of dry ballads, excessively synthesized club anthems, and replete with boredom. I could care less if they "changed" their music style, good music is good music. This just isn't. It's a teeny bopper record that falls flat at every level. What's Gabe Saporta doing in his 30's making these kind of songs? Unimpressed.

coolsleeves ,

What happened to the good old cobra starship? :\

Cobra Starship used to be a completely original band, I had never heard anything like "while the city sleeps we rule the streets" or "viva la cobra" before ever (and I still haven't). they were more than just a party pop band then, like the songs "one day robots will cry" is still one of my favorite songs and "smile for the paparazzi" is right along side that. They have lost their originality to simply feed the masses. This started in hot mess but that album did still had some original lyrics and beats but many of their songs on that album and this one are simply techno/ auto tune/ synthesizer barf. I know that bands grow as artists and blah blah blah... but this album seems to prove that they haven't grown and perfected but grown and rejected their old ideals. I will definitely miss their creativity. I wish success to the band but I sadly will not be patronizing them through the purchase of their music unless they make a serious change for the good ol' days.

TristanN47 ,

Sell Outs.

Nothing here stands out from the mainstream trash released now days.

It's just Repetative, Tiresome and generic sounding music.

You could sense in Hot Mess they wanted to move away from you know, having actual instruments in their band to fake synth instruments.
Now they've completley sold out to whatever will make them a quick $$

1Nite is catchy, but this band had so much potential to make great music, any band could have spat 1nite out....and thats sad.

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