16 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 1981’s New Traditionalists, art-project pop-rockers Devo were in a peculiar position. The massive hit “Whip It,” from their previous album, Freedom of Choice, made them unlikely stars and the band wanted to ensure that this sudden mainstream success didn’t mess with their avant-garde explorations or their satiric worldview. They needn’t have worried. The mass audience liked the accessible melodies of “Beautiful World” and tunes such as “Through Being Cool,” “Jerkin’ Back ‘n’ Forth” and “Love Without Anger” assured their dedicated cult following that the band knew exactly what they were doing. The singing is always slightly uncomfortable; the rhythms always feel as if they’re about to cause whiplash. The additional tracks make for a much more detailed portrait. “Modern Life,” “One Dumb Thing” and “Faster and Faster” sound like sure-fire hits in the last new- wave disco on earth, while the demo of “Psychology of Desire” displays how complete the band’s vision could be at the work stage. The “E-Z Listening” version of “Beautiful World” isn’t exactly what the lite-FM stations ever would have had in mind, but it does sound like Devo’s idea of relaxing.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 1981’s New Traditionalists, art-project pop-rockers Devo were in a peculiar position. The massive hit “Whip It,” from their previous album, Freedom of Choice, made them unlikely stars and the band wanted to ensure that this sudden mainstream success didn’t mess with their avant-garde explorations or their satiric worldview. They needn’t have worried. The mass audience liked the accessible melodies of “Beautiful World” and tunes such as “Through Being Cool,” “Jerkin’ Back ‘n’ Forth” and “Love Without Anger” assured their dedicated cult following that the band knew exactly what they were doing. The singing is always slightly uncomfortable; the rhythms always feel as if they’re about to cause whiplash. The additional tracks make for a much more detailed portrait. “Modern Life,” “One Dumb Thing” and “Faster and Faster” sound like sure-fire hits in the last new- wave disco on earth, while the demo of “Psychology of Desire” displays how complete the band’s vision could be at the work stage. The “E-Z Listening” version of “Beautiful World” isn’t exactly what the lite-FM stations ever would have had in mind, but it does sound like Devo’s idea of relaxing.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

CentralScrutinizer2 ,

One of my top favorite Devo Albums - Nu-Tra

Filled with ironic, sarcastic and cynical lyrics (yet honestly, very TRUTHFUL lyrics), New Traditionalists was the album that really spoke 'to the future' for me... Mostly because this album seemed to me to be a very prophetic album regarding its topics. Everything that was sung about back then, is a reality today (not that it wasn't at the time, but it's just more obvious in recent years)... This was the album that had a more synthy changeover than its predecessors... and I think that's why I liked it so much. It gave them a new sound, and gave the world a new dynamic and feeling that other bands never quite accomplished. Fantastic layered synths, catchy rhythms, and as I said prophetic (and often humorous) lyrics throughout this entire album.

As a side note...Really REALLY looking forward to the new release "Something for Everybody" coming up June 15, 2010!

Oingo1987 ,

Keep The Remastered Albums Coming!

Great album here! I've been a fan of Devo for about nine years now and can't tell you how excited I am for their new CD coming out in June. I hope they keep these remastered albums coming (crossing fingers for "Oh No, Not Devo!"). The extra tracks here are awesome (One Dumb Thing, Modern Life, and Faster and Faster). The other two are take them or leave them for me. Where is "Working In A Coal Mine," tho? Devo you are great, buy it now.

Slack-Babbath ,

All Killer, No Filler!

Every song on New Traditionalists is great!
My favorites are: Going Under, Race of Doom, Beautiful World

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