Release Date: Jun 18, 2013
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Pop, Rap, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap
Boulder frat-hop duo Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte, aka 3OH!3, first caught our attention in 2007 with a self-titled debut that mixed jokey, sometimes outright ridiculous content with undeniably infectious electronic pop, rap, and dance melodies. Subsequent efforts, namely their 2008 major-label effort Want and 2010 follow-up Streets of Gold, found the band balancing Lonely Island's comedic pop irony with LMFAO's party-centric production. With 2013's Omens, 3OH!3 keep the party going while intermittently delving into a more earnest, if no less irreverent, batch of club-ready cuts.
Even after hit collaborations with Ke$ha and Katy Perry, these jokey Colorado electro-rappers remain two nerdy bros. On their fourth LP, they ditch the guest stars to bluster, drop stale references (Yes, "winning"!) and obsess over chicks. The best track isn't one of the album's two singles, but "Two Girlfriends," a goof that seems to take its inspiration from the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right." .
Someday they’ll ask, what happened to rock? You remember rock, that phylum of music, largely guitar-driven, that once loomed large in American popular culture. It’s been ceding ground for decades now — to hip-hop, to dance music, even to country — and yet it hangs on stubbornly, a ….