Freeland, 'Cope™' (Marine Parade)

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by Charles Aaron

Since the late­ '90s rocktronica Ponzi scheme, name DJs have stepped out, led rock­tinged bands, and induced cringes. Yet, in the laptop/nü­rave "live" era, superstar jocks are fronting even more. Hence, Adam Freeland -- the nü­skool breaks vet who broke through in 2003with "We Want Your Soul" -- dons a suit jacket and hires guns (Brody Dalle, the Pixies' Joey Santiago, Tommy Lee) for the carefully concocted, pleasantly thumping Cope™. "Do You" is Topshopping electro rock and "Only a Fool" gives Jerry Casale a pounding forum for his reheated Devolutionary rhetoric. But "Under Control" is the keeper, a seamless LCD Soundsystem rip that defines the album's approach -- energetically jaded professionalism.

Watch: Freeland, "Under Control"

Freeland - Under Control - Official Video from Freeland on Vimeo.

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