There’s not a “depressing moment” to be found on Technicolor Health, said Joe Puglisi in College Music Journal. “Part indie-rock joy,” part guilty pop pleasure, the debut from Harlem Shakes is “saturated with the kind of optimism that makes you want to jump up and dance.” The album whips out one “blissfully existential” ditty after the next—each with horns ablaze, drums kicking, and synths pumping out sweet, chiming melodies. Though perky to a fault, Technicolor Health is a “welcome arrival” in these bleak times, said Alexander Remington in The Washington Post. Opener “Nothing but Change Part II” starts off with Atari-like beats before Lexy Benaim’s charmingly off-kilter vocals send the song into a frenzy. What follows is “profoundly catchy” and surprisingly “non-cloying” pop, said Rob Harvilla in The Village Voice. So when the Shakes cry out “This will be a better year,” you actually want to believe them.
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