When you really love a music group, three years is a painfully long time to wait for their next creation to emerge. So when Dragonette finally hatched their third album, Bodyparts, I eagerly awaited the moment when I could snatch up that golden egg. As I listened to each track, I came to the obvious conclusion: good things come to those who wait, and good it was. In fact, good is probably an understatement. It is great. Marvelous, even. And it only gets better as the track listing gets higher.
The first sounds are of the soft chimes of the opening track ‘Run Run Run’, and out of the gate, Dragonette has chosen to pace themselves; starting off gentle, only to build to dance-worthy intensity. ‘Live In This City’ follows, and from then on, it is impossible to suppress the urge to move. It is the type of music you are craving when you’re headed out for a night on the town, ready to strut your stuff.
The band’s first single off the album, ‘Let It Go’ continues to feed the electro-pop dancefest, but it is the next song, ‘Untouchable’, that has eardrums squealing with delight. This track is the reason why Dragonette is so subtly brilliant, especially for anyone listening who happens to be a lover of words. It showcases the spectacular writing that goes into their music, and not just the addictive pop quality of the beat. Lines like, “Your divinity only makes me feel dirty” and “Your purity makes my thoughts more unholy” bring out the naughty schoolgirl (or boy) in all of us, and accentuates the fact that although they are masters at creating songs that make your feet itch to dance, they are also adept at injecting wit, too.
The rest of the album continues with the same flare, each song varied and interesting. There is (to name a few) the slinky ‘Right Woman’, the rebellious and rousing ‘Riot’, the sport-anthem like ‘My Work Is Done’, as well as the futuristic ‘Rocketship’, and the mood lifting ‘Giddy Up’, which has an awesome calypso vibe. The closing song, ‘Ghost’, has a similar feel to the first song, allowing for a pleasant cool down. The title is an apt one too, since it is haunting and melodic; the perfect way to finish the album.
Whenever a band I am passionate about releases a new album, I am mixed with feelings of excitement and apprehension, because I am nervous that the fresh music will not be able to live up to my incredibly high expectations. This was definitely not the case when I got my first taste of Bodyparts. It was worth the wait and the money, and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Now, if only the band’s fourth album was ready . . . .