Masterminded by Jamie "Bran Man" Di Salvio
, Bran Van 3000
is a bizarre, stylish mix of club music, techno, hip-hop, lounge and kitsch-pop. Perhaps it's inevitable that such a high-concept project would be equally inspired and frustrating, and that's exactly the case with the group's debut, Glee
. At its best, the album is an infectious, unpredictable, and, well, gleeful amalgam of styles -- Di Salvio
and his cohorts show no regard for convention, which can result in wild, intoxicating juxtapositions and beats. It can also result in a mess, which unfortunately happens on about half of the album. Of course, perfection isn't necessarily expected for a debut, and Glee
is very good for a debut, featuring such great cuts as "Drinking in LA," "Everywhere," "Supermodel," and "Afrodiziac," which features a cameo from Tha Gravediggaz, making the flaws and weaknesses forgivable.