Funplex It's been 16 years since these new-wave Georgia peaches released their last studio album, and thankfully the B-52s haven't grown up one bit for Funplex… Funplex It's been 16 years since these new-wave Georgia peaches released their last studio album, and thankfully the B-52s haven't grown up one bit for Funplex… 2008-03-25 The B-52's Pop
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Funplex (2008)

The B-52's | FUNPLEX FACTOR Sixteen years later, the B-52s shimmy back with songs for a new generation's party
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FUNPLEX FACTOR Sixteen years later, the B-52s shimmy back with songs for a new generation's party
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2008; Lead Performance: The B-52's; Genre: Pop

It's been 16 years since these new-wave Georgia peaches released their last studio album, and thankfully the B-52s haven't grown up one bit for Funplex. Though the guitars are a little beefier and the electronics a little sleeker — check out the ace Rapture impersonation in ''Eyes Wide Open'' — the B-52s are still gloriously single-minded party animals more interested in giddily rocking love shacks than stoking intellects. ''Do a white-hot shimmy in a Lurex gown,'' Fred Schneider demands in ''Hot Corner,'' and that's about all we need them to do, too. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ''Hot Corner'' at the B-52s' MySpace page

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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