Funplex: fun, quirky, upbeat and catchy. Kate and Cyndi sound fantastic (Juliet of the Spirits, Ultraviolet), like no time had passed since Good Stuff (their last studio album) when they sounded just as good, if not better, than their very 1st album. Fred is, well, Fred; funny, nasal and loud; he may not be able to sing (Love in the Year 3000, Eyes Wide Open, Too Much to Think About), but he writes fantastic lyrics. musically, the band has really embraced the electronic sound of 2008 without compromising their sound; like Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys, you know this is a new album, but the sound is classically theirs. thumbs up.
Hard Candy: what a waste of ten bucks. poor madge sounds old and tired, singing songs that even Britney wouldn't have touched in her crazier days (Candy Shop). musically, it sounds like Bedtime Stories/American Life rejects; over produced, with heavy bass with nonsensical rapping (the Beat Goes On). i'm not sure what she was thinking when she greenlighted this release. she hasn't grown as an artist, she's regressed and it's a shame. hopefully the DJ's can remix this into somehting better, like they did with Confessions from the Dancefloor. in the immortal words of Ben Folds, "give me my money back/give me my money back/you bitch/i want my money back".