Release Date: Jun 21, 2011
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, Rap, R&B, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Comedy Rap, Party Rap
This Los Angeles party-hop duo can’t decide if they want to rhyme like the Beastie Boys or booty-croon like Taio Cruz. So on their second album (which includes the hit “Party Rock Anthem”), they do both, making for a disc of brain-cell-depleting jams. MC-DJs Redfoo and Sky Blu turn in some skillful hip-hop – see “Take It to the Hole,” featuring Busta Rhymes – but also get seriously stupid, rapping about spanking girls and bathing in champagne, over a cheesy pastiche of Eighties synths and pounding beats.
Although the duo LMFAO boasted Euro-pop synths and unmissable riffs well before their hit with David Guetta, "Gettin' Over You," it definitely didn't hurt to be featured on a world-wide smash that spent quality time at number one in France and the U.K. Their second album, Sorry for Party Rocking, arrives at exactly the right time and includes exactly the right mix of energy and humor, plus a surprising amount of sincerity. Before its release, the trailer single, "Party Rock Anthem," had already nested high in the charts of multiple countries, and its presence here confirms that LMFAO are no longer a novelty act.
When the Black Eyed Peas get too complicated and Ke$ha’s Proustian layers too overwhelming, there?s always LMFAO. The L.A. duo (whose ”Party Rock Anthem” is fast becoming an official summer jam) strip dance-pop to its most basic elements, slathering endorphin-stimulating synth riffs over extra-stoopid techno drums. It’s topped off by truly terrible rapping, which often turns otherwise groan-inspiring instrumentals into jumbled, maddening filler.
If you’re contemplating buying an album called Sorry for Party Rocking, then let’s be honest: you know exactly what you’re getting into. Sure, much can be made of LMFAO’s musical lineage (although they go by the stage names of Redfoo & SkyBlu, the duo of Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Gordy are actually the son and nephew of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy), they tend to not make much of a fuss about it, instead focusing on their gloriously hedonistic summation of the Europop boom of the late 2000s, where simple synth hooks are married to steady, club-friendly beats so that a party (or, in some cases, party-rocking) may ensue. The fact, the fact that Lil’ Jon guested on their 2009 debut, Party Rock, surprised absolutely no one.
Los Angeles-based duo LMFAO first introduced the world to their brand of club-pop with the 2008 EP Party Rock. Consisting of DJ/Rapper/Producers Redfoo and SkyBlu, the group’s familial ties (as uncle and nephew, respectively) are rooted in their common relation (as son and grandson) to Berry Gordy, Jr., founder of Motown Records. The Party Rock EP was expanded to an LP of the same name in 2009, which received mixed reviews praising its feel-good frivolity and panning its distinguishable motivation: profit, not passion.
The sixth track on their second album finds LMFAO in reflective mood. You couldn't tell that from the music, which – like everything on Sorry for Party Rocking – cleaves to thumping house beats, distorted rave synthesisers and Auto-Tuned vocals, but atop it, the pop-rap duo ponder their accumulated wealth and status. Propelled to fame by its use in the kind of reality shows that get written about a lot in Heat magazine, but which no one you know has ever actually seen – Jersey Shore, something unspeakable involving Kim Kardashian – their music has attained genuinely global reach.
Blinkered beats and dunderheaded lyricism – but compellingly committed nonetheless. Mike Diver 2011 You don’t need to be a playground nipper to know what the LMFAO acronym typically stands for. But in this instance it also means "Loving My Friends and Others" – that’s what the video to the Los Angeles duo’s track Champagne Showers states (for pre-watershed audiences).