With the sandpaper gone, these dance-rockers get more upbeat than ever.
Think About Life's 2006 self-titled debut drew some of its strength from its abrasiveness. It could get you moving, but it was as noisy as it was danceable. The band's latest release, Family just throws down a dance party. While it has been more than three years between records, we shouldn't be surprised by a change in sound, but it's just a bit disconcerting.
Fortunately, Think About Life does this sort of indie-disco well. The key track here, "Havin' My Baby", delivers one of the year's great earworms, and only the band's lack of exposure will prevent us from having to hear too many imitative falsettos in the near future. With the sandpaper removed from the electronics, the band gets more upbeat this time. From the throwback opener "Johanna" (the style and placement of which suggests some sly humor) to the slow-down of "Nueva Nueva" to the threateningly explosive "Life of Crime", the album offers plenty to get you going, whether by a shove onto the dance floor or as a pick-me-up during the late-afternoon lull.