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Boomkat Product Review:
It’s a long time since the phrase “punk-funk” was used in anything but a pejorative sense, but the battle-hardened band that embodied it it in the mid-2000s show no signs of repenting, and bless them for it. They’ve called this album Thr!!!er because they reckon, like Jacko’s Thriller, that it’s their defining statement: certainly they’re fonkier (as Craig Charles would put it) than ever before, a groove machine that’s well-oiled but not outright slick, and still packs a bit of grit. Spoon drummer Jim Eno took the production reins for this LP and has helped !!! streamline and focus their sound: it bears fruit on tracks like Steely Dan-ish opener ‘Even When The Water Gets Cold’ and the reptilian jazz-funk of ‘Get That Rhythm Right’. Elsewhere we get falsetto disco-soul (album stand-out ‘One Girl / One Boy’, with it’s chicken-scratch guitar and close vocal harmonies, is pure Chic) and techno meets Fairlight-powered new wave (the addictive ‘Careful’). Elsewhere the stoner comedy and silly vocals (‘Californiyeah’ being the chief culprit) grate just a little, but you can’t fault !!!’s commitment to being, well, !!!. There’s fun to be had on this record if you’re willing to leave your inhibitions at the door and get stupid.