Dumbing Up marks the return of Karl Wallinger and World Party, recapturing the magic of previously acclaimed efforts such as Goodbye Jumbo and Bang!. During World Party's hiatus interest in the band has grown after their song She's The One became a worldwide hit for British pop star Robbie Williams. Dumbing Up reaffirms World Party's Lennonesque knack for memorable melodies and a hopeful perspective, featuring lead single What Does It Mean Now?, the prescient Who Are You? , See The Light and the anguished epic Always On My Mind. .Bonus DVD! The initial orders of Dumbing Up will contain a DVD featuring almost three hours of all that is World Party rare music video, archival footage, live and studio performances.
After being given only a limited UK release four years ago, Dumbing Up has been expanded and is finally available in the US. 2002 was also the year that Karl Wallinger's longrunning, critically lauded and commercially successful World Party fell apart. With this album out and a return to touring, a new generation can be fully exposed to the resonant powers of Wallinger's songs. The first few bars of the opening "Another Thousand Years" make his love of pop smarts, and specifically The Beatles (with its shades of "Baby You're a Rich Man") readily apparent. Elsewhere, there are evident strains of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other pillars of well-crafted songs. What makes World Party -- essentially Karl Wallinger -- so compelling is that fact that those influences blend into a singular identity. The references are incorporated into a whole, absorbed, but not hidden. --David Greenberger