Mondo (album)

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Mondo
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Studio album by Electric Guest
Released April 24, 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Indie rock, indie pop, indietronica, electronic rock, psychedelic pop
Label Across the Universe, Downtown
Producer Danger Mouse
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Beats per Minute 84%[2]
Daily Express 5/5[3]
Daily Star 9/10[4]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[5]
Islington Gazette 4/5 stars[6]
Loud and Quiet 8/10[7]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media 4.6/10[9]
PopMatters 6/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]

Mondo is the debut studio album of Los Angeles-based indie pop band Electric Guest. It was released in April 24, 2012 on Downtown Records and Across The Universe labels.

The single, "This Head I Hold" was featured on an episode of Dancing with the Stars,[12] as well as in an ad for Crate & Barrel.[13]

Development and release[edit]

Mondo features heavy production, and draws from genres such as synth-pop, R&B, Motown-style soul, slacker California rock, psychedelia, and bubblegum pop.[14][15][16] With encouragement from Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, Taccone and his roommate, Michael Compton, refined their songs into an album from 2009 to 2011.[17]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Holes" (2:45)
  2. "This Head I Hold" (2:55)
  3. "Under the Gun" (3:42)
  4. "Awake" (5:00)
  5. "Amber" (3:50)
  6. "The Bait" (3:06)
  7. "Waves" (3:06)
  8. "Troubleman" (8:48)
  9. "American Daydream" (2:48)
  10. "Control" (2:18)
  11. "Holiday" (3:08) [Japan Bonus Track]
  12. "Jenny" (4:15) [Japan Bonus Track]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 32
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 11
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 49

Reception[edit]

Reviews for Mondo were mixed. The New York Times called the album "recession-era pop" with "wistful ballads, that are far more concerned about careers and ethical choices than about the ups and downs of love."[15] Despite questioning the album's sincerity, Rolling Stone called the album "L.A. slacker soul, full of hooky neon jams" and "sonic wit."[11] In one tepid review, PopMatters asserted that Mondo "serves as much as an introduction to a promising new as it does a reminder of a major producing talent."[10] Less flatteringly, and remarking on Taccone's numerous connections in the music industry, Pitchfork said Mondo is a "cautionary tale of what happens when a 'hit record' forgets to actually include hits."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mondo – Electric Guest". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Malley, Kerri (23 April 2012). "Album Review: Electric Guest – Mondo". Beats per Minute. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Townsend, Martin (28 April 2013). "CD Review: Electric Guest – Mondo". Daily Express. Northern and Shell Media. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Earls, John (29 April 2013). "Electric Guest: Mondo – Album review". Daily Star. Northern and Shell Media. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Bass, George (9 May 2012). "Album Review: Electric Guest – Mondo". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Moore, Stephen (27 May 2013). "Album review: Electric Guest – Mondo". Islington Gazette. Archant. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Younis, Reef (June 2012). "Electric Guest – Mondo". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Saunders, Chris (14 May 2012). "Electric Guest – Mondo". musicOMH. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (4 May 2012). "Electric Guest: Mondo". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Spoerl, Steven (15 May 2012). "Electric Guest: Mondo". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Hermes, Will (7 May 2012). "Electric Guest Mondo Album Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  12. ^ (May 17, 2013), "ELECTRIC GUEST Mondo". Music Week. (20):42
  13. ^ HAMPP, ANDREW (September 22, 2012), "HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE". Billboard. 124 (33):9
  14. ^ Drever, Andrew (July 27, 2012), "Sticks and stones a low note". The Age.
  15. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (May 5, 2012), "Revising Retro While Pondering Choices". New York Times. 161 (55762):4
  16. ^ Shedden, Iain (June 16, 2012), "Nice and cheesy". The Australian :10
  17. ^ Rolling Stone staff (April 11, 2012), "Danger Mouse Reveals Why He Produced Electric Guest's Debut Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  18. ^ . SNEP http://acharts.co/album/70495. Retrieved March 16, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ . Billboard http://www.billboard.com/artist/301589/electric-guest/chart?f=324. Retrieved March 16, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ . Billboard http://www.billboard.com/artist/301589/electric-guest/chart. Retrieved March 16, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)