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Far East Movement

  • Free Wired [Cherrytree/Interscope, 2010] B+
  • KTown Riot [Cherrytree, 2014] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Free Wired [Cherrytree/Interscope, 2010]
If everything here had the propulsion of "Like a G6," this would be 2010's answer to The E.N.D., forget the more likely-seeming candidate. Instead, a one-hit wonder their tribute to the Gulfstream 65 jet will remain. The other nine three-minute songs are more like little Fokkers--party-ready, Auto-Tuned electrohop whose disposable superficiality is an aesthetic principle and whose guest list is a reality show waiting to happen. R. Tedder of One Republic and S. Dogg of Faux Murder LLC? In this context, they could be the same dude. Not so Keri Hilson or Kate Pierson, however. In the morning, they remain hard-working Asian-American lads who respect their mothers. B+

KTown Riot [Cherrytree, 2014]
Their paradox: a song called "The Illest" that aims to be merely the catchiest ("Grimey Thirsty," "Bang It to the Curb") **