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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake

Posted on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake
Label: Plug Research
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake
Songs about text messaging aren't completely under Jimmy Tamborello's radar. Behind the James Figurine pen name, Tamborello fancies modest techno as well as technology on Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake. His entries are melodic, but their frame quivers and wobbles in minimal beat programming, never sparkling like his pop work on the Old Navy-friendly Postal Service album. The guests on Mistake play an integral part, often emphasizing that although the wordless tracks are jarring (check 'Ruining the Sundays,â?� with its icepick-tipped briskness via arrangement help from John Tejada), the cuts with vocals prevail. Whispertown 2000's Morgan Nagler puts in airy, brief mike time for 'Pretend It's a Race and I'm on Your Side,â?� but opener '55566688833â?� will see the most MP3 trading action. On this one, Tamborello uses sunny, digitally slurred melodies and mild electro-pop beats to satirize text messaging, the laziest post-'90s side road to actual conversation. It's not silly, Ciara-traveled Generation Y fodder (though her ode to cell phone complexities is catchy); '55566688833â?� is light and funny. Tamborello's sodden baritone gets the subject matter just right: Who wants to bother talking to anyone anymore? It's all about 'wut r u doin', txt me back.â?� Question mark. Send. Nice.

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