It has been 30 years since Devo hit the heights of mainstream music with their hit "Whip It" and 20 years since their last studio release. The world has been missing the keyboard antics and lyrical poetry that has become Devo's trademark. Many followers have come and gone, but none of them have matched Devo's studio wizardry. As much as Devo try to update their sound, it's still Devo and their new album "Something for Everybody" proves it.
The album begins with a pounding drum, crashing cymbals and a fuzzy guitar riff and as you almost think Devo has turned to alternative rock, then the keyboards kick in on "Fresh." Devo's classic sound is still evident on this newest release by the band. While their song lyrics at times are thought provoking, "What We Do" is not one of them. Its catchy dance beat and repetitive chorus get drilled into your memory. The opening sounds of "Mind Games" refers to an Nintendo video game, as the songs flashes back to their '80s heyday. The band's energy picks up with the uptempo beats of "Human Rocket." One of the album's highlights is the song "Sumthin'" as Devo pulled out their nostalgia sound with its "Whip It" dance beat. The band tries to send a message about the lack of involvement with environment issues in "No Place Like Home."
Devo are currently on tour in the US. Their new album "Something For Everybody" was released in June on Warner Bros. Records. Visit clubdevo.com for a complete list of tour dates, album information and more.