August 11, 2009 - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen
For a band who don’t take themselves too seriously, Cobra Starship run a no-nonsense operation. With Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi both claiming writing credits on the single “Good Girls Go Bad” and hot shot producer Kevin Rudolf behind the boards, that’s a lot of powerful fangs up in the air. Hot Mess has everything you hate to admit you love about Cobra Starship: a heaping serving of synth, hyper-infectious beats and a side of sass. Touting his bad-boy charm with “Nice Guys Finish Last” and “You’re Not In On The Joke,” frontman Gabe Saporta paints Cobra’s third album as their most tongue-in-cheek yet. The question is, how long can the gag keep running when Viva La Cobra! scratched the same itch?