The debut, self-titled album from New York City club-pop trio The Ones has been a long time in the making. Unfortunately, the disc exudes its innate out-of-dateness. The big push for this record is centered around a track called “Flawless”, which has been around since 2001. In the music world, that was a lifetime ago. In dance music, seven years is an entire eon. It probably sounded fresh at the time and is a fun yet chilled-out head-nodder. The song would be well placed in a commercial where chic and lovely 20-somethings flirt and flit about the perimeter of a swimming pool at midnight. It would also be great in a mix, segueing from electroclash to microhouse (remember those genres?). Unfortunately, The Ones couldn’t sound less like a mix of varying styles, ideas, beats, moods, and tones. It all sounds exactly like “Flawless”. Almost every track is around six minutes long—which is just a bit too lengthy an exposure to this middling material. There’s nothing particularly unenjoyable about this record, but it does have a way of engendering listener fatigue. From a late night party album, that’s the last thing you need.
// Notes from the Road
"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.READ the article