The Androids

The Androids

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The Androids took their native Australia by storm in 2002 with the cheeky single "Do It With Madonna," and released their self-titled debut soon after through Festival Mushroom Records. But the band became an even hotter property when the taste-making Los Angeles pop station KIIS began spinning the song. Universal hastily secured the rights to the band, and released The Androids domestically in April 2003. While the Androids' strengths are the sugary vocal and guitar hooks of principal songwriter Tim Henwood (ex-SuperJesus), too much sugar isn't good for anyone. Too often, the album loses itself in shiny production trickery and whatever style (punk, balladry, Knack-style power pop) it's currently aping. Opener "Hey You" is processed punk; "Brand New Life" is a mid-tempo snoozer that gets lost in layers of harmony overdubs. "Do It With Madonna" itself is the sort of snarky pop ditty that Everclear's Art Alexakis would write -- it's pure cheese, and has less staying power than mayonnaise under a heat lamp. While later tracks like "Bored" and "Take It Too Far" do feature some summery, good-time riffing, the Androids' debut is rendered bland by over-production, and can't muster enough grit or variety to back up its flash-in-the-pan single.

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