This is a tribute to a great and historic album. In 1978, an up and coming band from the mid west released it's first major studio album. From image to sound to it's name..one thing became obvious. Music would never be the same again. It was the birth of De-evolution...or Devo. If you are young, this album is a great way to discover an amazing album with sound ahead of it's time. If you are older and remember this LP, it is a great time to reconnect and enjoy this great masterpiece.
The record starts out with a bang via the song "uncontrollable urge" a song that has a new lease on life thanks to being the opening theme for the hit show "ridiculousness." The second song "satisfaction" is a Rolling Stones classic cover with a lot of energy. These first few songs show Devo as a classic punk band, using very little electronic synthesisers.
As the album blows through its middle there is nothing lost in quality. I love the middle tracks Space Junk, Gut Feeling, Jocko Homo, and Mongloid. These songs represent a transformation from Punk to an early version of New Wave. This is a huge factor and contribution in the band's legend.
The final few tracks are quirky but none the less very entertaining. Shrivel up and come back Jonie helped to make this album and band withstand the test of time. By finishing strong the Devo album keeps the energy going without any filler.
Devo Q: Are We Not Men was the perfect album say goodbye to Punk and hello to New Wave. It keeps an up tempo and pleasant beat throughout out all 11 songs. Devo's ability to keep a simple edge but still display intraquit lyrics and harmonies is pure genius. This amazing album is a snap shot record of the fuzing of two historic and challenging genres at a critical time in our musical history. Because of it's cultural and historic significance I must give the first Devo studio album a 10 plus rating. Listen to this album as soon as possible and be amazed!