After years of releasing 12 inch singles, DJ mixes and compilation appearances, Tiga finally unveils his first album, Sexor. Fittingly, the album cover is an homage to Bryan Ferry's In Your Mind album, since Tiga also makes a career out of creating interesting covers of other tunes like Bryan Ferry did in the 70s.
The album continues in a long line of electro albums which feature phone messages in between the songs (like Felix Da Housecat did on Kittenz and Thee Glitz).
Tiga also continues here with his playful, tongue in cheek style where he mixes his Prince-like sex appeal with pulsing electronic synths, chameleon re-interpretation and Canadian do or die mentality.
Tiga is joined by Swedish producer Jesper Dahlbäck and Soulwax, who help with album production, and Meredith Danluck (who added icy and detached vocals to Follow You from Hell's NY Muscle album), Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, and the Dewaele brothers from Soulwax, who all add vocals and instrumentation. Tiga knows exactly who to work with to create a great debut album.
The album features a handful of tracks that were previously released on 12 inches, including
- Louder Than A Bomb (a Public Enemy cover)
- Pleasure From The Bass
- Good As Gold
- You Gonna Want Me (with vocals by Jake Shears)
- (Far From) Home
The majority of these album versions are shorter than the 12 inch releases, which is a shame, but also helps the album move along at a quick and steady clip (and for those who already have the 12 inches, it makes those releases special).
Along with the stellar Public Enemy cover, Tiga covers Down In It (a NINs song) and Burning Down The House (by Talking Heads). Neither of these covers are as good as Tiga's other covers - Louder Than A Bomb included here - or Sunglasses At Night or Hot In Herre from years ago - or some of the Tiga originals like (Far From) Home - which is included in two versions - I love the added piano in both versions of this Tiga classic, High School or Good As Gold - these last two were mixed by Philippe Zdar from Cassius/Motorbass for that added French synth quality.
Even though these covers are less tongue in cheek sounding than Sunglasses At Night or Hot In Herre, it's still too bad the covers couldn't have been better. But these two less than thrilling covers don't hold the album back from sounding great over all. Burning Down The House sounds like it could use a remix treatment to make it sound cooler.
There's also a bonus track after the last listed track, called Sir Sir Sir which combines some mellow synths and live bass playing with some sillier than usual Tiga lyrics.