Doug Brod
October 15, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Astronaut

type
Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

Either Simon LeBon has become one fine singer, or recording engineers have discovered an anti-adenoidal button. That’s just one of the surprises on Astronaut, the first album in 21 years from the original lineup of new wave’s steeliest mannequins. Glistening zero-gravity synth-funk that’s mostly unembarrassing and at times shockingly vital (the proto-Faint squall of ”Want You More!”), this is so ’80s you can almost taste the freebase.

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