Imperial Teen

What Is Not to Love

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Imperial Teen's debut album, Seasick, was a very critically successful set of indie-pop, and it was an album that many felt would be hard to replicate. Replicate, however, is exactly what Imperial Teen does with their second album, What Is Not to Love. Every bit as strong as their debut, What Is Not to Love finds Imperial Teen avoiding a critical sophomore slump by sticking strongly to their formula and returning with a strong batch of songs. This time around the band has more pop emphasis and stronger tunes, for the most part, although there is a bit more of a dark, biting edge. The first single, "Yoo Hoo," may sound very similar to "You're One" (from Seasick) at first glance, but "Yoo Hoo" is much more tense, and the vocals have a much angrier, biting tone. This change in attitude is representative of much of What Is Not to Love, but it's far from a negative change. Other high points include the sarcastic gender bending pop gem "Lipstick," and the mellow, brooding "Crucible." What Is Not to Love shows that Imperial Teen is not merely a side project for former Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum, but rather a notable band in their own right.

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