“Freedom Of Choice” by Devo - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1980Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

Arriving in May, 1980, was the third album in three consecutive years from the Akron, Ohio five-piece who remain: Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Gerald Casale (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar, backing vocals), Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Alan Myers (drums). A subtle turn to a lighter brand of synthpop and the ridiculous sight of them at every turn in red pointy hats has a negative effect on me, and the album regresses a whole point since I last got involved (“Qː Are We Not Men? Aː We Are Devo!”). The set did well for them, though, peaking at #22 in the Billboard 200, their first LP to break the Top 50. Four singles were issued in 1980: “Girl U Want” (didn't chart), “Whip It” (#14), “Gates Of Steel” (didn't chart) and “Freedom Of Choice” (#103). The first two are keepers for me, as is “Snowball” which appeared on the flipside to “Whip It”.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:55] 7.0.png Devo - Girl U Want (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
A2 [02:20] 6.2.png Devo - It’s Not Right (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
A3 [02:37] 6.8.png Devo - Whip It (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
A4 [02:28] 7.0.png Devo - Snowball (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
A5 [02:29] 6.0.png Devo - Ton O’ Luv (Gerald Casale) New Wave
A6 [03:28] 5.4.png Devo - Freedom Of Choice (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
B1 [03:26] 5.0.png Devo - Gates Of Steel (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale, Debbie Schmidt, Sue Smith) New Wave
B2 [02:30] 5.3.png Devo - Cold War (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
B3 [02:14] 5.7.png Devo - Don’t You Know (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B4 [02:17] 6.2.png Devo - That’s Pep (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B5 [02:45] 5.2.png Devo - Mr. B’s Ballroom (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B6 [02:45] 5.0.png Devo - Planet Earth (Gerald Casale) New Wave

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