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Flashmob

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See The Sea (Red)
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02
Poison Lips
3:54  
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Flashmob
4:28  
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One Above One
3:41  
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Still
5:24  
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Terminateur Benelux
3:53  
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Second Lives
4:25  
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Allan Dellon
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See The Sea (Blue)
4:05  
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Chicken Lady
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Your Disco Song
3:38  
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Station Mir 2099
4:49  
13
Chez Septime
0:31  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 49:31

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Philip Sherburne writes about music for SPIN, Wondering Sound, The Wire, Resident Advisor and elsewhere, with a particular focus on electronic music (for dancin...more »

09.28.09
High-octane nu-electro, both baroque and surging
2009 | Label: Different / PIAS Digital

Less widely feted than his countrymen Justice, Vitalic isn't really paparazzi material, even on the hipster circuit. But he knows how to rile up his crowds, making Flash Mob a pretty spot-on title, evocative of the throbbing, strobing sea of bodies and cameras lapping up against the stage at his sweaty, adrenaline-charged performances. Vitalic's not as bombastic as some of his peers in the so-called nu-electro scene. Yes, Flash Mob has plenty of full-bore moments,… read more »

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Excellent

rhino717

Upon first couple of listens, I merely thought the album was "not bad," but now I can't stop listening to this. Resident Advisor described the title track as the "bastard son of Justice and Lindstrom," a description that could apply to the album as a whole. Elements of French electro and disco. Awesome.

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>fantastic album

wavfarer

Favorites are Chicken Lady, Second Lives, and Poison Lips. Not really any weak tracks on this one though, quality from 1 to 13. Interesting, dynamic sounds; always entertaining. Makes me bop!

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Crunchy, bouncy, sweeeeeeeet!

pushky

So glad I found this - I loved Poney Part I, Trahison, The Past, Dario from the first album. I've downloaded Poison Lips, One Above One, and Second Lives and like them just as much. The others aren't catching my interest in the 30-second samples - any recommendations based on the ones I like so far?

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yes, very

wangdang

if the record Felt Mountain got a hand job by the record Unknown Pleasures while being photographed with a poloroid camera in 1982 by Mark Almonds sex dwarf... This album would be the music playing in the background. most def.

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AMAZING

Musync

Worth every penny and then some. Download it now.

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Second Chance

davidmyers1001

First album was phenomenal, this one even better. I hardly do this but I feel people should know. Listen to this, groove, dance, trip whatever your into.

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love this

ring_tailed_lemur

Had to comment because I personally feel like the rating of 3.5 this album currently has is very harsh. Bit more of a straightforward party album than his last one, and the sound - which hasn't really changed - is now more familiar. But the whole thing is incredibly addictive, its a really fun album, and there are a lot of interesting ideas in there. Definitely one of the best new release albums on emusic at the moment.

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Sequins and Mirrors

Christianity

Arbez spells out a sleek disco landscape in the vain of Moroder and Kano. A fine sophomore effort.

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It took Vitalic’s Pascal Arbez-Nicolas over four years to follow up OK Cowboy, but then he’s never been a particularly speedy producer. After all, his debut album featured singles that were nearly a half-decade old by the time they appeared on the full-length. Even if Flashmob’s title feels a little dated, suggesting mid-2000s trends a few years after they peaked, the same can’t be said about its music. While the electro foundations of his sound remain the same after more than a decade, these tracks are sleek and innovative — proving that Vitalic spent the years between OK Cowboy and this album uniting everything he learned making groundbreaking singles like “Poney” with what’s been going on since his last album. While there are more than a few cuts that are classic Vitalic, all masses of synths and hard-edged beats (see the sunny expanses of “See the Sea [Red]” and the interstellar closer, “Station Mir 2099″), he’s not afraid to change things up, most strikingly on Flashmob’s singles. The title track is particularly bonkers, using vocals and synths that get higher and swifter until they blur into streaks, giving the impression of going faster and faster even though the actual beat stays rock-solid. It may be as (aptly) flashy and immediate as, say, Justice, but it also has an artfulness that is all Vitalic. He also uses disco’s influence in similarly unexpected ways, permeating the album with the style’s spirit rather than rehashing its clichés. “Terminateur Benelux” piles on the handclaps, cowbells, and breakdowns, but balances them with a wittily sinister bassline that borrows from Belgian rave; “Your Disco Song”‘s whip-cracking beat and 8-bit synths sparkle and crunch like a shattered mirrorball. “Poison Lips” is even more unusual, transforming Vitalic’s vocal program Brigitte into a breathy, glitchy Donna Summer replicant surrounded by swirling pads. He explores Flashmob’s surprisingly delicate side more deeply on “Still”‘s icy, Moroder-esque atmosphere and fluttering vocalizations, and on the gorgeous “Second Lives,” which boasts a melody so lovely it feels like a classical piece given a radical spin on the dancefloor. Even with tracks like “Chicken Lady,” which is equally kinetic and goofy, Flashmob is some of Vitalic’s most artful, even subtle work. It may or may not be as profoundly influential as OK Cowboy, but it’s just as engaging and even more cohesive. – Heather Phares

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