Posted by: Ryan Allen on July 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

CSS, Donkey (Sup Pop, 2008)

MP3: “Rat Is Dead (Rage)”

After a whirlwind of touring, partying and fame CSS — everybody’s favorite Brazilian art-punk collective — is back with Donkey the follow up to their self-titled 2006 debut. Donkey is fun, brash, and dirty — but a little slicker than its predecessor and with a little more maturity thrown in. But not too much maturity. Even an emotionally heavy song like “Left Behind” recommends jumping onto tables and dancing your ass off until you die as a solid plan for quelling the nightmares of heartbreak.

Guitar plays a much more front and center role on Donkey, which sometimes works well, and other times sounds too polished and leaves a few tracks sounding one step away from an Avril Lavigne song. The finest moments on the album come when the band embraces their fun, beat-heavy side. The album opener, “Jager Yoga,” is the strongest track, a fast paced electric stomper that implores the listener to “live your life John Waters’ way” and cautions you not to “mess my holiday.” The perfect warning from CCS — a band that is at its best when partying is their most serious priority. — Laura Witkowski

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