Christopher Wray-McCann
Simon Vozick-Levinson
December 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Call and Response: The Remix Album

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Pop
We gave it a B+

How many fans of Maroon 5’s polished funk-pop are also into Deerhoof’s extraterrestrial indie rock, DJ Premier’s boom-bap rap, or Tiësto’s monolithic Euro-trance, much less all three? The L.A. quintet makes it work on Call and Response: The Remix Album, letting those unusual suspects — along with hitmakers like Mark Ronson and Pharrell Williams — play with their master tapes. The resulting hit-to-miss ratio is surprisingly high: Few bands make music that’s elastic enough to be stretched into so many improbable shapes without losing any snap. B+

Download This: Listen to songs from the new album on the band’s MySpace

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