Elisabeth Vincentelli
February 13, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Uptight!

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Makeout

We gave it a B

The Man claim to have bought the tracks on their debut album from an Internet song-delivery service. Whatever. The one thing we know for sure is that whoever’s responsible for ”Uptight!” stopped listening to music in 1983, as the L.A. quartet enthusiastically regurgitates new-wave pop that recalls Blondie (the title tune), Devo (”Modern World” and its vocoderized call-and-response), and the Cars (”All Messed Up,” which could be an outtake from Candy-O). That said, it’s a testament to the Man’s skill that they so easily turn derivativeness into a fab party record.

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