Filled with lyrics that go right up to the edge of fully-realized cleverness, but, are in the end, mostly overwhelmed by clichés, DNCE’s debut album, DNCE, still has its moments. From the “shakin’ it-able”, self-referential opening track, “DNCE”, to the irreverent-to-love love song, “Pay My Rent”, the album teases its audience with more-than-acceptable qualities, but in the end, I’d stick to the hit single, “Cake by the Ocean”. And don’t use a slang dictionary or an explanation from Joe Jonas to figure out what that title means exactly. Just bask in the surreal quality of the figure of speech and the existential crisis it seems to imply. I’ve found that’s usually the best way to make a moment last.
Suggested Use: A placeholder in your CD collection. What I mean is that this album is really just waiting for a brilliant follow-up that taps into a more mature vein of penmanship. That said, I’m kind of killing the groove for a band and album calling themselves DNCE, aren’t I? I mean, who cares about penmanship when all you really want to do is “shake it”? And who even collects CDs anymore? Nerd.