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Devo wows Olympic fans in Vancouver, releases new single 'Fresh'



fans, here's some good news. We have a guest review of their new single Fresh, written by our Los Angeles correspondent Brad Williams. Duty now:

On the heels of last night's performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics medal ceremony, Devo is giving away digital copies of their first new studio track since 1990.  As a hardcore fan since my sister introduced me to Freedom of Choice via the tape deck in our Mazda GLC wagon, I was in a hurry to get my hands on it. [Click here for Devo performing Uncontrollable Urge at Vancouver.]

Fresh, the title track from Devo's upcoming album release of the same name, is available today at the band's website, There's one small catch, however: They want an email address from you.  If you give them an address, they will send you the link to download the song. Or you can just listen online here:

New Devo single: "Fresh"

If you are even a casual fan of the band, it's a worthwhile exchange. The dreck of their last studio album, Smooth Noodle Maps, is thankfully nowhere to be heard. The song opens with generic power chords, offering no hints of what is to come. But as the chords ring out, a catchy, upbeat groove that captures the fun and energy of vintage Devo kicks in. The guitar and synth lines are well-balanced and Josh Freese's driving drum work keeps the song moving along at a peppy clip. The spuds have somehow managed to create something that sounds new and old at the same time, and the result is a fantastic 3-minute not-quite-pop song.

The album is currently scheduled for a May 2010 release and will be Devo's first for Warner Brothers since 1984's Shout.  Based on the strength of this single, I'll be in line at the record store on
release day ... if I can find one.

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