Article first published as Album Review: Cobra Starship’s Night Shades on Blogcritics.
Cobra Starship‘s new album Night Shades, released on August 29, 2011, delivers new sounds, addictive rhythms, and familiar voices. The new album offers little resemblance to their last album Hot Mess, but its new twist is enough to keep any listener engaged. Night Shades transforms Cobra Starship from an alternative band to a work-in-progress pop sensation.
Prior to the release of the album, Cobra Starship teased their fans by releasing singles of now popular songs, “You Make Me Feel…,” “Middle Finger,” and “Fool Like Me.” All of these songs gained positive attention from fans and made them anticipate the album even more. Easily the biggest hit off the album thus far, “You Make Me Feel…” allows for sing-along lyrics, beautiful words from Sabi, and pop sounds that allow the listener to let loose and dance. “Middle Finger” surprise everyone by incorporating Mac Miller, a current rap sensation. This song, however, makes it difficult to decipher the difference between the voices of Gabe Saporta and Mac Miller. “Fool Like Me” has a slower rhythm, electronic keyboard sounds, story-telling lyrics, and high-pitched accompaniment from The Plasticines.
Other songs on the album include “Disaster Boy” which offers a flashback to Hot Mess with its more alternative sounds and female vocals; “Don’t Blame the World, It’s the DJ’s Fault” sounds very similar to “Fool Like Me” with its slower rhythm; and “You Belong to Me,” the upbeat ballad of the album.
However, the album simply doesn’t offer fans enough. Although the album lists 14 songs, the final four are only remixes of other songs on the album. Night Shades is worth the listen, though. Even fans who wish to hear the familiar sounds of Hot Mess, Viva la Cobra, and While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets will enjoy the new tunes Cobra Starship released with this album.
You can listen to their entire album on their Facebook page here.