A musician myself, I see things from the point of view of the artists and producers behind the record. I like to think I can tell a record made with heart from a record made without. Even a chart pop music record can have a heart.
Nothing But the Beat, despite its occasional glimmer of creativity, is in many ways a showcase of everything that is bad about pop music in 2011: derivative, novelty, shallow, rushed and thoroughly uninteresting.
After the blog sensation that was the lo-fi nu-disco gem "Bermuda", Kisses rather hurriedly see the need to release an album, just when blogging seemed to be doing them in such good stead. A hasty move?