Because of this, I feel totally floored by Tiga’s first solo album “Sexor” – even in spite of its rather obvious flaws. Teaming up with Jesper Dahlbäck and Soulwax, Tiga has concocted a series of songs that are pure electropop euphoria. Eschewing the cold and stiff trappings of “Sunglasses at Night”, “Sexor” abounds with joyous, playful pop tunes bathed in light and driven on by glossy programming. “Far from Home”, the title track and “3 Weeks” are just a few of the album’s many near-perfect songs, but the crowning moment has to be the cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Down in It”. Tiga remodels it into something much more melancholic, utterly moving despite, or maybe because of, its blank and detached delivery.
Having lavished all this praise on “Sexor”, it has to be said that the album has its downside too. “Pleasure from the Bass” sounds a whole lot like Nitzer Ebb’s “Control I’m Here”, and pales considerably next to that classic track, while the covers of Public Enemy’s “Louder than a Bomb” and, especially, Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” feel like little more than novelty songs in all their playfulness.
“Sexor” is admittedly an unlikely love for me in all its exuberance. My mind says the grade should be a six, while my heart insist upon an eight. I’ll be a coward and let the final grade land inbetween.
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