Warrior (Deluxe Version)
Released: Dec 2012
Label: Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
This record is awesome. Deal with it. Hedonistic, bratty, absurdly hooky 2012 radio pop gets no better, as Warrior's blazing title track (dig the EDM breakdown) and the deliriously infectious "Die Young" make clear. "Thinking of You" has a Daft Punk-worthy shredding-vocoder solo; "Dirty Love" is a daffy duet with, yes, Iggy Pop. (Rick Santorum is involved.) Plus piano balladry, explicit nods to The Strokes and Phil Collins (!), and lotsa tart, ludicrous quasi-rapping: "Feeling like a saber-tooth tiger/ Sippin' on a warm Budweiser." Album of the Year of Your Friday Night.