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  • We Care [Virgin, 1995] A-
  • All Disco Dance Must End in Broken Bones [Virgin, 1998] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

We Care [Virgin, 1995]
In which three media pros--a female VJ, a hot producer, and the hip host of a tongue-in-cheek talk show--buy into the new international pop hegemony, in which neatness not only doesn't count but marks you a hopeless square. Could come out a prefab pseudomess, except that they're Swedish, far enough away from it all that they still mean their we-don't-care. They have fun as they "just have fun." Their jolly insults are indistinguishable from their jolly fucks, their candy tunes from their skronk guitar. They're so good you have to think twice to remember which two tracks Tricky helped out on. A-

All Disco Dance Must End in Broken Bones [Virgin, 1998] Dud