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Rhapsody Originals (EP, Exclusive, Explicit)

Rhapsody Originals by Gym Class Heroes
Released: Sep 2007
Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/Atl
If you listen to Gym Class Heroes for their effervescent pop production, then this album of cuts recorded exclusively for Rhapsody might take you by surprise. The energy is definitely there, as is the accessible charm that makes the band's name so appropriate. But the slick, almost boy-band beats are pared down and the boys come across as laid-back, at ease, intimate. "Clothes Off!," for example, loses both the falsetto and the cockiness, while "Cupid's Chokehold" sounds positively Citizen Cope-esque, it's so much mellower.
Rachel Devitt