AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
 
Cobra Starship - Hot Mess Album Cover

Cobra Starship - Hot Mess

Reviewed by
3.9
Cobra StarshipHot Mess
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Record Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Over the past few weeks many users have grabbed their pitchforks and lighted their lanterns over Cobra Starship, more specifically lead man Gabe Saporta. Whether it’s the awful cover art to his bands third album, Hot Mess, his role with Millionaires, neon clothes, Gossip Girl, or licking Pete Wentz’s face, he has found himself plenty of controversy. But this is not one of those reviews that whines about Midtown and Millionaires and Gossip Girl. In fact, I’m glad Saporta has found happiness making mindless dance-pop music.

Just because I think Hot Mess is awful in every sense of the word doesn’t give me the right to hate him for his happiness. Who am I to take that away from him?

I mean, if producing music that sounds like a Britney Spears b-side (Nice Guys Finish Last; already in contention for Worst Song of 2009) gets him going, awesome! And if songs that feature sing-alongs (“Good Girls Go Bad” featuring Gossip Girl Leighton Meester) that sound like they came from Bring It On! (and not the one with Kirsten Dunst) gives him his jollies, then I say good for you, Gabe, good for you.

Sadly, unless you normally dress in neon clothes and/or worship everything Decaydance touches (or you’re this guy), you probably won’t derive much joy from Hot Mess. There a few glimpses of enjoyment, as “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous” features some energy and urgency not heard since their debut, While The City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets. “You’re Not In On The Joke” features some TTTYG-era Wentz screaming, so if you’re into that, you’ll dig this track (at least the last 50 seconds). My favorite two parts of the album are the sweet old-school vibe of “Wet Hot American Summer,” and when B.o.B drops a verse on “The World Will Never Do.” But these glimpses are few and far between on Hot Mess.

Some tracks take on somber vibes, like “Fold Your Hands Child,” which is a cheesy anthem about going and achieving all your dreams, while “The Scene Is Dead; Long Live The Scene” features a catchy lightweight chorus amongst boring verses. But most of the time, Hot Mess is pumping out fast dance numbers that sound the same, as Saporta tells us that A. he makes good girls go bad, B. you need to get your ass out on the floor and dance till you die, or C. how awesome he is (main culprits: the title track, “Move Like You Gonna Die, “Good Girls Go Bad”).

The final nail in the coffin of Hot Mess is what I just mentioned: the lyrics. They are painful; singing about having a crew, his boo’s, and the like are cringe worthy. We know Saporta can write good lyrics (his former life is especially evident of this), but the writing on Hot Mess isn’t cutting it, as it is mostly pure fluff.

All in all, Hot Mess will probably be Saporta’s biggest hit in his music career, as first single “Good Girls Go Bad” continues to climb the charts. That’s great news for Gabe Saporta, and I’m happy he has found that success he has been craving. It’s just too bad it has to come in the form of this, as his success will leave an empty feeling for many who have been following him from the very beginning. Hot Mess is just repetitive music that has been rehashed. In fact, when I asked our resident Cobra expert, anamericangod, what he thought, he reiterated my point, “This is the recognition, attention, and success that old school Saporta fans have always felt he deserves, but nobody would have ever imagined that this is the product it would come from. With Hot Mess, Cobra Starship show us that, truly, Nothing Is Ever What It Seems."

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Nice Guys Finish Last
2. Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous
3. Good Girls Go Bad ft. Leighton Meester
4. Fold Your Hands Child
5. You’re Not In On The Joke
6. Hot Mess
7. Living In the Sky With Diamonds
8. Wet Hot American Summer
9. The Scene Is Dead – Long Live The Scene
10. Move Like You Gonna Die
11. The World Will Never Do ft. B.o.B.
Produced by: S*A*M & Sluggo, Patrick Stump, Kevin Rudolf, Benny Blanco and Kara DioGuardi

Cobra Starship is:
Gabe Saporta – vocals
Alex Suarez – bass, synth, vocals
Ryland Blackinton – guitar, synth, vocals
Victoria Asher – keytar, vocals
Nate Novarro – drums

Official Website; Official Myspace; Official AP.net Profile

 
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 329
11:39 PM on 08/05/09
#2
TSTLSOOM
Hayley > Hayley
Offline
User Info.
TSTLSOOM's Avatar
sweet stuff. still want to listen tho.


wait kevin rudolf helped produce this album? what song?
11:39 PM on 08/05/09
#3
crit
@CRlTTER
Offline
User Info.
crit's Avatar
A+ review, Drewski.
11:39 PM on 08/05/09
#4
Nick Le
Yeezy taught me.
Offline
User Info.
Nick Le's Avatar
Spot on review Drew; I enjoyed Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous, You're Not in on the Joke, Good Girls, and The Scene Is Dead. Nice Guys is like you said, one of the worst songs of 2009. I really couldn't stand listening to the whole album.
11:40 PM on 08/05/09
#5
hailthewarrior
i know places we won't be found
Online
User Info.
hailthewarrior's Avatar
Haha. Awesome review, Drew. I agree whole-heartedly.
11:40 PM on 08/05/09
#6
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
Online
User Info.
Drew Beringer's Avatar
sweet stuff. still want to listen tho.


wait kevin rudolf helped produce this album? what song?
I dunno, it's just from the press release that I copied and pasted from haha
11:41 PM on 08/05/09
#7
c_rob2700
.
Offline
User Info.
c_rob2700's Avatar
Trust me folks, you definitely do not want to be this guy
11:42 PM on 08/05/09
#8
Stimpson J. Cat
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
Who's the stud in the picture?
11:43 PM on 08/05/09
#9
Nick Le
Yeezy taught me.
Offline
User Info.
Nick Le's Avatar
I like how you threw in the Midtown reference with 'Nothing Is Ever What It Seems' maybe a 'Become What You Hate' might've been good too. Haha
11:43 PM on 08/05/09
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
Online
User Info.
Drew Beringer's Avatar
Who's the stud in the picture?
meow!
11:43 PM on 08/05/09
more heart
Endure and survive
Offline
User Info.
more heart's Avatar
Couldn't agree more Drew. I actually want to give this a listen simply out of curosity.
11:43 PM on 08/05/09
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
Online
User Info.
Drew Beringer's Avatar
I like how you threw in the Midtown reference with 'Nothing Is Ever What It Seems' maybe a 'Become What You Hate' might've been good too. Haha
It was Joe's idea, give him credit for that.
11:44 PM on 08/05/09
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
Online
User Info.
Drew Beringer's Avatar
Couldn't agree more Drew. I actually want to give this a listen simply out of curosity.
haha I am confused to how you can agree with my review without hearing the album yet? Thanks for the comment though, at least listen to Wet Hot American Summer, that song is actually pretty good.
11:44 PM on 08/05/09
TSTLSOOM
Hayley > Hayley
Offline
User Info.
TSTLSOOM's Avatar
I dunno, it's just from the press release that I copied and pasted from haha
thats weird, i am going to go find this out.... NOW
11:45 PM on 08/05/09
more heart
Endure and survive
Offline
User Info.
more heart's Avatar
haha I am confused to how you can agree with my review without hearing the album yet? Thanks for the comment though, at least listen to Wet Hot American Summer, that song is actually pretty good.
Will do.

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
AP.net Podcast on iTunes
UnderTheGun
Purevolume
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate