Album Review: Devin Dazzle And The Neon Fever by Felix Da Housecat
Great, Based on 2 Critics
The Guardian - 80 Based on rating 4/5
Part Prince, part OutKast and all eccentric, Chicago house producer Felix exerts a loopy influence over this concept(ish) album. "Devin Dazzle" represents his spiritual side, apparently, and "the Neon Fever" (embodied by five off-key female sidekicks) his worldly side. Over the course of 15 glam-funk songs, he flits between the two incarnations, unable to choose between hedonism and enlightenment.
No one can deny the importance of Kittenz and Thee Glitz as a breakout record for Felix Stallings Jr. He had been kicking around since the late '80s, polishing his substantial underground cred, until spin-off singles like "Silver Screen Shower Scene" and "Madame Hollywood" aligned just so with the height of the self-conscious fashionista timewarp fad known as electroclash. At one point, Felix's mug could be seen in most American music magazines -- a baffling development to readers aware of the producer/DJ's past and the dance-phobic tendencies of those publications.