The Last Word: Wait, So This Satellite Party Nonsense Is Actually Happening?

May 29th, 2007 // 11 Comments

satparty.jpgEvery week, we round up the all-important, all-summarizing last sentences of the biggest new-music reviews. Today’s entry is the Satellite Party’s Ultra Payloaded, which makes contact with spaceship Earth today:

- “[Perry Farrell]‘s still trying to loosen people up — ‘Whatever’s in your closet, set it free,’ he urges in ‘Kinky’ — but there’s nothing dark or scary about it, just the old countercultural creed that fun is revolutionary. Mr. Farrell has become the happy hippie that Jim Morrison never was.” [NYT]
- “Despite the pretense (and his happily spacey lyrics), this is Farrell’s mightiest work since [Porno for Pyros'] Good God’s Urge. It throbs (‘Hard Life Easy’), coughs (‘Awesome’) and slithers (‘Kinky’) gracefully with Bettencourt’s razor-like leads playing Ronson to Farrell’s Bowie (ca. Ziggy days)–only dirtier and slightly funkier.” [Harp]
- “At least Farrell got the chance to chart new territory on the album. He sings a few windy ballads in a more conventional voice than usual. But, like everything here, it’s a world best left unexplored.” [NY Daily News]
- “In the end, it’s all interesting.” [Billboard]


  1. Chris Molanphy

    Man, that Billboard review is about as noncommittal as it gets, innit?

  2. Ned Raggett

    OK that cover.


    this is Farrell’s mightiest work since [Porno for Pyros'] Good God’s Urge.

    Worst ‘best album since’ example EVER.

  3. Vince Neilstein

    @ Ned Raggett:

    Right on! It’s kind of like saying “This is the DeLeo bros. best work since Talk Show.”

  4. musicquizking

    It’s gotta be better than ‘Strays’ I say!

  5. Cheap Shot

    I’m ashamed for ever liking Jane’s Addiction. Worst fucking cover ever! That’s his wife in the picture, WTF does she do in the band besides looking like a tranny.

  6. Lucas Jensen

    It’s Girls Against Boys’ best work since Freak*On*Ica! It’s Sonic Youth’s best work since NYC Ghosts and Flowers! It’s Guided By Voices’ best work since Do The Collapse!

    Man, this is fun.

  7. parrotrunner

    I think that album cover was attached to my windshield once, trying to sell me on a event.

  8. countshockula

    I know it’s already been done to death, but I can’t help myself.
    The Stooges best Album since The Weirdness! Bad Brains best since God of Love. At least Perry Beat Axl to the (virtual?) CD racks.

  9. VanillaXtraDry

    besides looking like a tranny she makes sure people know her name is “Etty…you know, like Betty withouth the B!”

  10. FionaScrapple

    This won’t sell more than 80,000 copies, IMO.

  11. Anonymous

    “The Gang of Four’s best album since Mall!”

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