Feel Good Now

Feel Good Now

by The Ready SetThe Ready Set


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The Ready Set's 2010 album I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming was a super-bouncy, almost hyper record that blended turn of the century teen pop with laptop emo, and tossed in a bit of R&B and hip-hop for good measure. The Feel Good Now EP is more of the same but even more assured-sounding, extremely well-crafted pop. The "band" is still mainly the work of Jordan Witzigreuter, but here he's helped by producer Ian Kirkpatrick and a few outside songwriters (including Kara DioGuardi). They help him craft an almost painfully effervescent and fun-sounding record, full of buoyant vocal harmonies, bubbly synths, and finger-snapping beats. At times it's a little bit like what might have happened if the New Radicals had been more influenced by the Black Eyed Peas than by Prince. To that end, there are plenty of concessions to the overriding pop template of 2011, in other words, lots of Auto-Tune, fat techno synths, and booty-shaking beats. These familiar sounds never distract from the pure pop thrill the album delivers, nor do the occasionally silly lyrics ("So tell me operator/How do I operate her"). Instead of sounding awkward, they fit right into the frothy, happily mindless mix. The only downside of the record, and the band itself, is that they are hard to slot into any one style -- too pop for emo, too emo for pop -- and this may affect their sales. Regardless of that, if you are a fan of ridiculous pop music that will never tax your brain but may make you smile, this totally works.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624954606
catalogNumber: 528841
Rank: 214686

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ready Set   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mike Marquis   Booking
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Matt Galle   Booking
Dirk Hemsath   Management
Tim Pagnotta   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Kate Cafaro   Publicity
Cataracs   Producer
TJ Landig   Marketing
Ian Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
David Conway   Management
Jordan Witzigreuter   Composer
Alex Tenta   Layout
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Composer,Engineer
Liz Lewis   Marketing
Laura Mende   Marketing

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