Starfucker ended 2008 with a bang! Their debut album had been featured on iTunes Indie Spotlight and MySpace; their video premiered on Pitchfork, and they had one of the all-time most downloaded songs ("German Love") on eMusic's Daily Download. On Valentine's Day they played to their largest sold-out (900 folks) crowd in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. And less than nine months after delivering their debut, they are back with an eight song album. In this rough economic spell, it is revitalizing to see a band who's stock is on the rise.
"This spazzy quartet’s second album belies their unfit-to-print name: it’s an amiable, compact collection of synth-pop fizz that lands between Gary Numan’s “Cars” and the Cars on the neo-new-wave spectrum. “Medicine” and “Boy Toy” pop with breathy crooning over manic organ, and even though “Jupiter” skews darker, its mechanized percussion almost blissfully lofts the sad-robot melody into the ether. Cheeky? Yeah. A verbatim version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a little too predictably dazzling. But while most retro aesthetes are funny-once bores, Starfucker’s party trick is a thriller."
SPIN, 8 out of 10, July 2009