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Donkey by CSS

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Donkey

by CSS

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Label: Sub Pop Records
Has success made CSS more earnest? On their sophomore release, they edge away from the profane, idiosyncratic electropop that defined them -- no more songs entitled "CSS Suxx" -- and lean into charming rock-damaged pop that could make for a long-term career ... or career suicide. Songs with titles like "Give Up," "Left Behind" and "Move" have a much better chance of making it to radio, but they sound dangerously bland compared to, say, "Meeting Paris Hilton." The first single, "Rat Is Dead," stands out with its Pixie-ish drive, but for all the solid pop hooks, we miss the mean wit of their debut.

About This Album

Has success made CSS more earnest? On their sophomore release, they edge away from the profane, idiosyncratic electropop that defined them -- no more songs entitled "CSS Suxx" -- and lean into charming rock-damaged pop that could make for a long-term career ... or career suicide. Songs with titles like "Give Up," "Left Behind" and "Move" have a much better chance of making it to radio, but they sound dangerously bland compared to, say, "Meeting Paris Hilton." The first single, "Rat Is Dead," stands out with its Pixie-ish drive, but for all the solid pop hooks, we miss the mean wit of their debut.

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About This Album

Has success made CSS more earnest? On their sophomore release, they edge away from the profane, idiosyncratic electropop that defined them -- no more songs entitled "CSS Suxx" -- and lean into charming rock-damaged pop that could make for a long-term career ... or career suicide. Songs with titles like "Give Up," "Left Behind" and "Move" have a much better chance of making it to radio, but they sound dangerously bland compared to, say, "Meeting Paris Hilton." The first single, "Rat Is Dead," stands out with its Pixie-ish drive, but for all the solid pop hooks, we miss the mean wit of their debut.