When the going gets tough, the tough get going and release a brand new album despite the departure of one of their band members. CSS have released their fourth studio effort, Planta, in the wake of Adriano Cintra‘s exit, but that doesn’t mean that longtime fans of the Brazilian indie outfit should fret too much. If anything, they can breath a sigh of relief as rebellious electro rock anthems abound on the album.
Aided by producer David Sitek, who recently also worked with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the group delivers catchy, attitude filled hooks amidst bouncing synths, making tracks like ‘Honey’ and ‘Into The Sun‘ linger in one’s head. First single, ‘Hangover,’ shines with shots of brass that emerge to uplift the break up themed lyrics, whilst the futuristic vibe of ‘Sweet’ ensures a decadent trip into the errors of youth.
Whether lead singer Lovefoxxx is prowling amongst the bass and sparkling bells of ‘Teenage Tiger Cat’ or conjuring her inner rock goddess on the punk rock infused ‘Dynamite,’ it’s clear that she is able to shift into whatever form she needs to in order to drive home the essence of a song.
Despite the sour event that preceded this release, CSS managed to uphold their fun, spirited sound without stumbling. Planta exudes plenty of grunt complimented by production that matches the girls’ boisterous nature, ensuring the party never ends.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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