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At last, Dengue Fever has made an album that quite nearly matches their incredible live performances. The group began at least as a tribute to the playful yet heavy psychedelic pop scene that flourished in Cambodia before Pol Pot came to power and silenced countless suspected dissidents in that country's infamous killing fields in the mid-1970s. Like the Cambodian pop music that so enamored them, Dengue Fever began by revitalizing strong elements of '60s surf and garage rock in their sound. Over time, they've expanded their influences to Ethiopian funk and modern dance-rock. Once a multi-culti California band with a Cambodian-born singer paying homage to the past, Dengue Fever now plays original, swirling, psychedelic pop. With Western audiences ever more open to hybrid sounds, it will be a huge surprise ifVenus on Earthdoesn't allow Dengue Fever to quit their day jobs for good, especially after the film about their trip to Cambodia,Sleepwalking through the Mekong, hits the festival circuit in 2008.--Mike McGonigal
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Label:  M80
ArtistDengue Fever
Release Date:  January 22, 2008
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review by . March 22, 2009
Pros: Great working of the 60s Cambodian pop sound, some great lyrics     Cons: Don't understand all lyrics     The Bottom Line: Superb contemporary take on the 60s psychedelia/cambodian pop sound     There seems to me something rather incongruous (not a little irritating) about middle class white kids playing ”world music”. I’m thinking Damon Albarn popping over to Mali now and again to lay down some tracks with Amadou …
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