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by CSS
Donkey by CSS
Released: Jul 2008
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.
Sarah Bardeen

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