by Christian Redl

Rating: *** ½

In an age where electronic music reigns supreme, it’s always refreshing to hear a band that incorporates the roots of modern electronica. Divine Fits, a side project consisting of members, Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner, and Sam Brown, travels back in time with sharp and gritty guitars overlaying a smooth 80’s pop synth that just plain grooves.

There is nothing fancy or showy about this collage of influences. Divine Fits how being clean and precise is all a band needs in order to sound great. The album begins with “My Love is Real,” a song that immediately lets the listener know what they are in for. This song, just under three minutes in length, delivers a pulsating rhythm with immaculate lyrics. Simple and straight forward is the name of the Divine Fits’ game.

With other tracks like “The Salton Sea” and “Neopolitans” acting as the rhythmic glue of the album, songs like “Shivers” supply the melody. A Cover of the original Boys Next Door tune, this song stands alone and is a surprising transition from the droning synths present all around it. Preaching about the imminent threat of a nervous break down, the song is sung by a band that could not possibly have been more cohesive while creating this album.