I've been putting off reviewing Night Works
-- but not because it's bad or because it's hard to classify. My reason for delaying my review of Night Works
is that it's the sort of euphorically mindless album that simply wasn't made to be examined in depth. As the exclamation mark after Bushwacka!'s name hints, Night Works
is an ode to hedonism, a work made to be enjoyed rather than dissected.
It's hard to put into words exactly what makes this album so appealing. The mindlessness of it all is a major selling point. As the summer drifts further from memory with every passing day, and the dreary fall sky makes concerns seem ever weightier, Night Works is a good way to reclaim, if only for an hour or two, the carefree spirit that seems to vanish once Labor Day has passed.
Every track here seems rooted in carefree delight. Layo & Bushwacka! are experts at translating exuberance into beats, and that's what you'll from tracks like "Let the Good Times Roll" or "All Night Long", which are the sort of pulsating dance tracks that you'd expect to hear in any club anywhere in the world. But even Night Works' darker songs have an underlying sense of elation, proving that this is an album for people who want to turn off their minds and have a good time. Witness the disc's latter half, songs like "Sleepy Language", "Blind Tiger" or "Love Story" -- it's a more downtempo sound, better suited to a quiet afterhours club than the beaches of Ibiza, but still carefree. The mood is more relaxed than exuberant, but remains unlikely to inspire any worrying thoughts.
On the very best electronic albums, the beats are almost an afterthought. No matter how persuasively they press you to get up and dance, they'll never detract from the album's main objective, which is simply to relax, have fun and enjoy life. That's how albums like You've Come A Long Way, Baby were meant to be enjoyed, and it's a tradition that Night Works nobly upholds.