With Operators, Boeckner has perfectly married the electro vibes of his critically adored Handsome Furs with the bastard-soul songwriting of Divine Fits, his 2012 collaboration with Spoon bandleader Britt Daniel. Indeed, the key to Operators' sound is Divine Fits (and New Bomb Turks) drummer Sam Brown, whose fluid playing adds an organic pulse to the triggered beats and multi-instrumentalist Devojka's crystalline synth lines. Overtop those grooves, the former Wolf Parader's idiosyncratic croon lends the catchy synth-pop an urgency, such that the repeated "One! One! One! One true love" of opener "True" or the triumphant sentiment of closer "Start Again" ascend into legit bangers by the time their respective choruses hit.
Only "Cruel" falls a little flat, sounding like a Divine Fits b-side — which for any other band would be a compliment. For Operators, it's just proof that no matter what the project may be, Boeckner's past can barely keep up with him. (Last Gang)