Cobra Starship are a band that really should not be as good as they are. They sprung from the Snakes on a Plane movie, for god sakes! Who would have thought that, three albums later, they'd have hit the bigtime with a proper hit single and one of the summers' best tracks in Good Girls Go Bad. We're in an interesting stage in U.S. music right now that I like to call post-emo. Gone are most of the put-on, whiny "emo" vocals in pop and rock music. Instead we've got bands like 3Oh!3 and Boys Like Girls making genuine pop/dance music. Sure, their albums are certainly not consistently good, but I think Cobra Starship may have created the first consistent, post-emo record worth listening to. The album kicks off with perhaps the best track, the damn-is-it-really-that-good Nice Guys Finish Last. The melody and vocals are pure pop, and I love the bridge with the chanting girls and the super huge/catchy chorus. Check out the new album. It really is surprisingly fantastic.
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