Fischerspooner's fondness for New Order and Pet Shop Boys still shines throughout most of Odyssey, adequately reflecting the bittersweet tension between sadness and uplift that those groups exhibit. Despite the emphasis on songwriting, Fischerspooner remains least riveting when balladeering and best when revving into chugging dance-rock mode. "We Need a War" (featuring lyrics by the late Susan Sontag) exemplifies this, as hectic "Sympathy for the Devil" percussion fuels a menacing track bristling with sarcasm. Oddly, Odyssey peaks with a coruscating rendition of the Boredoms' pulsating psych-rock classic "Circle."
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