White Zombie

Supersexy Swingin' Sounds

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With Supersexy Swingin' Sounds, White Zombie offer a collection of ten remixes of songs from Astro-Creep: 2000, plus a new mix of their cover of KC & the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" (which was originally on the Crow: City of Angels soundtrack). Not quite as experimental or dance-oriented as they would like to be, White Zombie have always flirted with industrial and disco, but at their core they are a metal band. Granted, they're a metal band that reconfigures the kitschy pleasures of pop culture much in the vein of the Cramps and the B-52's. However, with Supersexy Swingin' Sounds the weaknesses in their approach become clear. Despite the presence of remixers like the Dust Brothers, P.M. Dawn, and Charlie Clouser (among several others), there simply isn't enough interesting original material to make the reconfigured versions compelling. Furthermore, the album artwork -- featuring pseudo-exotica design and an array of scantly clad or naked models, all dressed like '60s pinups -- seems like White Zombie are hopping on the bandwagon, instead of carving out new camp territory of their own. It's not a bad listen, but it is a surprisingly unengaging one.

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