In 2010, Far East Movement released the single, “Like a G6.” The popular chorus of the song was influenced and sampled from “Booty Bounce” by artist Dev. Since that summer, fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of her debut album, “The Night the Sun Came Up.” While a European album was released in the fall of 2011, Dev postponed her American debut more than twice to add newly recorded tracks for her U.S. and Canadian releases.
Fans expecting to hear an album similar to her previous tracks “Bass Down Low,” “Fireball” and “Booty Bounce” will be a bit disappointed. “This is my chance to let everybody know who I was, because the public only knows me from ‘Bass Down Low’ and ‘G6’…”” says Dev in a 2011 interview with Fenuxe Magazine. While Dev’s expected techno-pop vibe isn’t completely absent, the album does a great job at expressing who the artist is. With songs such as “Perfect Match” and “Me”, listeners learn that the Portuguese-Mexican artist is more than the wild, outgoing partygoer that she appears to be.
The album makes use of many live instruments, including violin and drums, however the overall sound is a bit off-putting at first listen. Many songs begin with odd beats that don’t quite mesh with the better half of any of the songs and are completely absent in more traditionally “Dev” songs including “In My Trunk” and “In the Dark.” Though Dev wanted to trade in some of the tracks released in Europe with newly recorded songs, it is well worth looking into obtaining copies of the bonus tracks released in the U.K., seeing as there has been no mention of releasing the incredibly well sung and produced tracks stateside. The bonus tracks will provide a bang well worth the buck.
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