"Burn It All Down" by VHS Or Beta
VHS Or Beta's 2004 debut Night On Fire was actually pretty good, even though it remains one of this decade's most blatantly calculated exercises in retro-wave trendspotting. But the stars that aligned for the band back then have moved on, and VHS's tardy follow-up, Bring On The Comets, might as well have stayed in bed. Where Night On Fire dazzled with Daft Punk fizz and Duran Duran gloss, Comets is a matte, drab smattering of ersatz dance-floor anthems and some lewdly brutish stabs at Beatles-esque melody. The disc's plastic-y single, "Can't Believe A Single Word"—in spite of stealing a bit from The Rave-Ups' classic "Positively Lost Me"—is just more junk for the Interpol-meets-The Killers slagheap. And sadly, that's as good as the album gets.