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Published on Aug 11, 2010
LexiconDon is the band to know this summer. Pink + Blue is the album to have and 'Student Body', the single off their debut LP, is undoubtedly the song to love. True to form, the track is impossible to label as just belonging to any one style, genre or influence. A good song is like a good wine, a good ear like a good palate. With this I'm getting hints of Prince, an undercurrent of new jack flavor, and I would say an early '90s boy band aftertaste, but that just sounds wrong. The metaphor doesn't have that kind of mileage. Point is, this is the stuff of summer jams, songs crafted from sunshine, lust, and freedom. Summer gives off a natural buzz and this track is full of it. The vocals have that Mike Posner quasi-hip-hop rasp to them for a guilty pleasure ballad that's sure to please a broad audience. The instrumentals are in lock step, building an authentic and upbeat '80s dance vibe. Put the two together and boom -- LexiconDon summer anthem. Does it get any better than that? Plus, and totally not a sexist thing here, I feel like girls are going to love singing along to this. It's infectious. It's what you hum in the shower without realizing it or sing in the car maybe without even really knowing all the words. Don't get me wrong I like singing along too, but I have a lot of roommates, they watch a lot of SportsCenter... I just don't really think it's a good idea. One of the big things that makes 'Student Body' for me is the imagery: school girls in plaid uniforms, forbidden love, the euphoria that comes with someone new. Add some seriously smooth synth work into the mix and it's hard to come up with anything short of brilliant. Like 'December Sunset,' this song puts supposedly oppositional forces in juxt. But just as 'December Sunset' allows for a space for both hope and despair, 'Student Body' allows for a similar dynamic between love and lust, good intentions and questionable ones. The use of these themes reveal how fragile these distinctions are in the first place. Maybe I'm over analyzing, but I know LexiconDon is the kind of band that cares about every element of the production. As more and more people make music it feels like quantity sometimes wins over quality. I know a catchy hook is a catchy hook, but there's no setting on an APC40 for soulful.