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Confidence Man — Confident Music For Confident People (April 13, 2018)★•★ If Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild weren’t a band already you’d be snapping at their heels demanding they form one before they left the bar. Fact is, they are. From Melbourne by way of Brisbane, Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, they are a machine custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool. Australian quartet that specializes in campy, spirited dance anthems similar to Scissor Sisters and CSS.
★•★ “It was a simple case of love at first listen”, Heavenly boss Jeff Barrett tells CMU. “Like hearing ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ for the first time. It was a joy of joys to discover that even after all these years I could still feel intoxicated after hearing a pop song”.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland ~ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Styles: Dance~Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance, Pop
Album release: April 13, 2018
Record Label: Heavenly Recordings
01. Try Your Luck 3:34
02. Don’t You Know I’m In a Band 3:24
03. Boyfriend 4:10
04. C.O.O.L Party 3:39
05. Out the Window 4:25
06. Catch My Breath 3:59
07. Bubblegum 3:29
08. Better Sit Down Boy 3:25
09. Sail Boat Vacation 2:34
10. All the Way 3:43
11. Fascination 4:53
•★• Janet Planet — Vocals
•★• Sugar Bones — Vocals
•★• Reggie Goodchild — Synthesiser
•★• Clarence McGuffie — Drums
AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeun; Score: ****
★•★ The party doesn’t stop on Confidence Man’s irrepressibly upbeat debut Confident Music for Confident People.
★•★ The Australian quartet — fronted by duo Janet Planet and Sugar Bones and backed by synth man Reggie Goodchild and drummer Clarence McGuffie — do not relent over the course of 11 pulsating dance anthems, infusing each one with a heavy dose of campy, tongue~in~cheek fun like predecessors Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, LCD Soundsystem, and CSS.
★•★ Taking additional cues from late~‘80s and early~‘90s club kids like Tom Tom Club (“Bubblegum”) and Deee~Lite (“C.O.O.L. Party”), they focus on addictive rhythms, pulsing beats, and deceptively simple lyrical earworms hypnotizing like raving snake~charmers. Much of the group’s allure is owed to their vocalists, who trade lines in a fashion that resembles a neon~washed update of Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and Ana Matronic.
★•★ On her own, Janet Planet is a scene~stealer, nonchalantly tossing out outrageous lines about boring boy~toys (“Boyfriend [Repeat]” and “Better Sit Down Boy”) and wild shindigs where she once saw someone stick a light bulb where it didn’t belong (“C.O.O.L. Party”). Meanwhile, Sugar Bones marries the deliveries of both Shears and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, most notably on the winking “Don’t You Know I’m in a Band,” the joyous closer “Fascination,” and the throbbing, Fatboy Slim~indebted “Catch My Breath.” From the synth drone and beat~pop on opener “Try Your Luck” to the disco glam rave~up of “All the Way,” it’s clear that Confidence Man have just one goal in mind: A sweaty, physical response to this throbbing, inspirational ear candy. Even if listeners lack that namesake self~assurance that the band seem to care so much about, by the end of Confident Music for Confident People, they might believe they can achieve anything with this album as their effortlessly cool soundtrack.
Rachel Aroesti, Fri 13 Apr 2018 10.00 BST; Score: ****
★•★ Bratty, wacky dance~pop joy.
★•★ Made up of four one~time members of the Antipodean psych scene, Melbourne outfit Confidence Man have cast off the ambling melodies and noodly jams in favour of sugary, crisp and slightly gawky dance~pop. The thing that first wallops you over the head about their wacky debut is frontwoman Janet Planet’s chatty, bratty vocal, which covers topics ranging from the lameness of her boyfriend to how quickly other men fall in love with her.
★•★ There are shades of Moon Unit Zappa’s Valley Girl in Planet’s persona, especially on the deadpan COOL Party, but the overwhelming impression is of a retro~futurist superbitch: cold, conceited and very camp. The intention may be arch but it’s still not hugely edifying stuff, and perhaps Confidence Man would feel a bit old hat were it not for the music accompanying this cartoonish character — a profoundly uplifting patchwork of dance music’s most gleeful moments. With its warm breeze synth lines and space~age sound effects, opener Try Your Luck nods to Arthur Russell’s transcendent disco group Loose Joints, while on Better Sit Down Boy the band mine turn~of~the~millennium maximalist fun, resembling a grottier version of Basement Jaxx. Elsewhere, co~vocalist Sugar Bones scales Right Said Fred levels of bass, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of excellent basslines rub up against the euphoria~stoking flavours of trip~hop, Madchester and other chart~friendly strains of early 90s electronica. They certainly aren’t subtle, but Confidence Man’s broad brush strokes belie a sophisticated and skilful distillation of dance~pop joy.
By Larry Bartleet, Mar 18, 2018 1:20 pm
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