Hexes for Exes

Hexes for Exes

by Moving UnitsMoving Units


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The nearly four-year gap between Moving Units' 2003 debut Dangerous Dreams and its follow-up Hexes for Exes is likely due at least in part to the collapse of the group's former label, Palm Pictures. Ironically, the long enforced layoff probably did the Los Angeles-based new wave revivalists a world of good, because had Hexes for Exes come out in, say, 2005, it would have gotten absolutely buried in the onslaught of similar-sounding releases by the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Bravery, Hot Hot Heat, and all those bands (most of them already forgotten) who sounded like them. But by 2007, that sound is already sufficiently out of fashion that there's a certain retro kick to the bass-led synth-dance rock of Hexes for Exes. It's like the musical equivalent to that moment where a piece of once-trendy clothing goes from being merely outdated to being puckishly ironic. But the fizzy lightweight charms of this pleasant album don't stand up for more than a couple of nostalgic listens: the plain truth is that Moving Units simply lack the imagination and/or luck to create those one or two indelible four-minute singles like the Killers' "Mr. Brightside" or the Bravery's "An Honest Mistake" that lifted those bands, however briefly, above the fray. Hexes for Exes is certainly inoffensive, but it's not particularly memorable, either. Only "Wrong Again" truly captures the ear, thanks in large part to a chorus that's naggingly close in melody to some forgotten old pop hit from the past. Otherwise, this is merely competent but uninspired dance-rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Metropolis Records
UPC: 0782388050128
catalogNumber: 80501
Rank: 182848

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moving Units   Primary Artist
Brian Butler   Guitar
Victor Velazquez   Guitar
Chris Hathwell   Drums
Blake Miller   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Johan Boegli   Bass
Lewis Pesacov   Guitar
Justin Bates   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Johan Boegli   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Trombino   Engineer
John Travis   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Moving Units   Composer
Chris Hathwell   Programming
Blake Miller   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Justin Bates   Programming

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