You rarely find a band that doesn’t take itself seriously, and have fun while doing so, Cobra Starship is the prime example of that. Gabe Saporta (The band’s frontman and creator) gave up on the emo-punk sound for a synth-infused one long ago, but never more evident than on Hot Mess. The album is full of radio-ready songs that are sure to heat the airplays including the sizzling lead single “Good Girls Go Bad” featuring Gossip Girl’s malicious Lieghton Meester on vocals, producer Kevin Rudolf behind the board, and a co-write from songwriter/American Idol judge Kara DioGaurdi. The disco-inspired “Living In The Sky With Diamonds” is another highlight while the somber “Fold Your Hands Child” recalls some older material. The title track is a catchy piece of fluffy pop music. Hot Mess has many elements of 80’s pop/rock such as the Hall & Oates’ nod on “Living In The Sky With Diamonds” and The Damned’s “Smash It Up” sampled chorus on the infectious “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous”. The album is not for everybody, and most definitely not for people who want their music by the rules; it is an album full of mindless pop tunes, catchy hooks, restless dance beats, arena rock guitars and silly (but sometimes emotive) lyrics. It delivers exactly what the title promises making it perfect for hot summer nights.