Ever since its first album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, Cobra Starship has been dedicated to creating alternative pop tunes suitable for dancing. The band’s new album, Night Shades, which was streamed free on Facebook and is set to be officially released August 29, isn’t any different.
Although the band has had several hits, including “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” and “Good Girls Go Bad,” other songs seem to lack something important; diversity. While fun, electronic grooves are still present in Night Shades, they aren’t as strong as they’ve been in the past.
Night Shades does an excellent job bringing the essence of laid back ’80s pop music to life, but songs such as “Fool Like Me,” “Middle Finger” and “Disaster Boy” are nothing to brag about, lyrically speaking. Cobra’s lyrics over the years have gotten progressively worse instead of better.
Although Shades was somewhat of a disappointment, Cobra usually manages to put on an energy-driven live performance. Tonight, the band will be performing at the mtvU VMA Concert Benefit Party supporting the fight against HIV at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard.