Hot Hot Heat enters the sweaty summer with the perfect album! Elevator kicks off the season with red hot rock-n-roll anthems. This radio-friendly album is full of sunny songs to dance and feel good with.The sound is a mix between Modest Mouse and Smashmouth (but with balls); itâ€šÃ„Ã´s somewhere amid Punk, Indie and Ska. The vocal rhythms in songs like â€šÃ„ÃºRunning Out of Timeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are fast and flow easily along the lines of spoken word as if they are streams of consciousness. The instrumentals are energetic and have a good balance; no one player stands out. The compositions are creative, with nuances that work well, such as an aptly placed pause in â€šÃ„ÃºShame on You,â€šÃ„Ã¹ or a slow acoustic beginning in â€šÃ„ÃºDirty Mouth,â€šÃ„Ã¹ or a metal style guitar intro in the title track â€šÃ„ÃºElevator.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The lyrics are fun and identifiable, most of the songs being burns directed towards exâ€šÃ„Ã´s and the like, with lines like â€šÃ„ÃºYouâ€šÃ„Ã´re embarrassing you/Youâ€šÃ„Ã´re embarrassing meâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from â€šÃ„ÃºGoodnight Goodnightâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºWe never wanted him here/He showed up anywayâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from â€šÃ„ÃºLadies and Gentlemenâ€šÃ„Ã¹ or â€šÃ„ÃºThe only thing constant was the constant reminder heâ€šÃ„Ã´d never changeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from â€šÃ„ÃºYou Owe Me an IOU.â€šÃ„Ã¹
The title Elevator is perfect not only because it is the name of the final track, but because it is a mood elevator. The energy of the album fused with the cheeky back-handed lyrics makes this an album to unwind with after a difficult day at work or class.