With an electronically strongly distorted Strokes groove ("Smut"), Jason Hill's All-Star project starts cheekily into an ambitious album that contains a lot of dancefloor and radio compatible numbers that don't sound like they've been heard a thousand times before. The Louis IVX front man has invited musicians from Muse, The Killers, Jamiroquai, Mars Volta and the Strokes to his Ulysses studio in the Hollywood Hills. The result is a mixture of the influences of these bands, offers nothing really innovative, but ten fresh tracks, which exude a certain coolness as well as the impression that the people involved had honest fun with what they were doing, and not just dollar signs in their eyes. The range of tracks extends from the disco ball zapper ("Krokodil Tearz") to the melancholic sluggish title ballad to the apparently T. Rex-inspired "Young Love" to the experimental bouncer. Someone took a liking to the casual Gorillaz groove and allowed the song over nine minutes to unfold.
Top track: A Single Cut Is Worth A Thousand Words