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Still driven by original members Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson, Birgir Þórarinsson, and Stephan Stephensen, along with relative newcomer Högni Egilsson, GusGus continue to refine their song-oriented approach on Mexico, their third album for Kompakt. More direct than 2011's Arabian Horse, one of the Cologne label's top sellers of the late 2000s and early 2010s, Mexico plays it straight throughout. All but one selection -- the tugging, gnashing title track, far from a breather amid the album's succession of emotive voices -- is a full-blown song. Just over half the tracks are merely well-produced, enjoyable if not all that stimulating, while others deal knockout blows. Above all others, the ecstatic "Another Life" ("I'm in a daze from your love") is one of the group's best all-time productions, where strings dart around bass drums and hi-hats arranged for a brilliant clamp-and-stomp effect. The immaculate "Airwaves" is an unabashedly festival-ready trance-pop monster that builds momentum in subtle fashion. Taut drums, sparkling synthesizers, and a sweetly spaced-out falsetto chorus make the electro-R&B of "God-Application" as dizzying as anything from Luomo's The Present Lover. Finale "This Is What You Get When You Mess with Love," the only song that doesn't fall within the five- to six-minute range, is lonesome, subdued shuffletech that would fit on a third volume of Kompakt's long-dormant Schaffelfieber compilation series. When GusGus joined Kompakt, the association seemed odd -- almost charitable on the label's part -- but now it makes total sense.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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Obnoxiously Sexual
00:05:06

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Another Life
00:05:33

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Sustain
00:05:19

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Crossfade
00:05:31

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Airwaves
00:05:52

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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God Application
00:06:24

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Not The First Time
00:05:52

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Mexico
00:06:36

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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This Is What You Get When You Mess With Love
00:03:19

Gusgus, Main Artist, Artist, Producer - Birgir Thorarinsson, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Composer, Lyricist - Högni Egilsson, Composer, Lyricist - Stephan Stephensen, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

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Still driven by original members Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson, Birgir Þórarinsson, and Stephan Stephensen, along with relative newcomer Högni Egilsson, GusGus continue to refine their song-oriented approach on Mexico, their third album for Kompakt. More direct than 2011's Arabian Horse, one of the Cologne label's top sellers of the late 2000s and early 2010s, Mexico plays it straight throughout. All but one selection -- the tugging, gnashing title track, far from a breather amid the album's succession of emotive voices -- is a full-blown song. Just over half the tracks are merely well-produced, enjoyable if not all that stimulating, while others deal knockout blows. Above all others, the ecstatic "Another Life" ("I'm in a daze from your love") is one of the group's best all-time productions, where strings dart around bass drums and hi-hats arranged for a brilliant clamp-and-stomp effect. The immaculate "Airwaves" is an unabashedly festival-ready trance-pop monster that builds momentum in subtle fashion. Taut drums, sparkling synthesizers, and a sweetly spaced-out falsetto chorus make the electro-R&B of "God-Application" as dizzying as anything from Luomo's The Present Lover. Finale "This Is What You Get When You Mess with Love," the only song that doesn't fall within the five- to six-minute range, is lonesome, subdued shuffletech that would fit on a third volume of Kompakt's long-dormant Schaffelfieber compilation series. When GusGus joined Kompakt, the association seemed odd -- almost charitable on the label's part -- but now it makes total sense.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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