Music Reviews



Jan 14 2008
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Artist: MARINA SIERTIS (@)
Title: The Much Needed Second Cold War
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
One year after the single titled "Disease" Marina Siertis are finally releasing their new album which contains the two new songs you found on the previous CDs. The thirteen new songs, as the single, are in balance from synthpop a la Depeche Mode and new wave The Cure style and they bring to the audience about forty minutes of pessimistic/realistic view of life where lyrics talk about a suicidal couple during their act, abuse, mental disease, war, the stabbing of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, etc. At a first listening I didn't find a real catch up song (the general atmosphere is based on mid tempo songs with upfront vocals) and also the mix didn't excite me. I gave it a second try and I also louden up the volume and I must say that the listening session turned out to be different. A better one. The guitars are still in the background but drums and synth reveal a certain substrata of subtle sounds. Also tracks like the title track or the following "Cold anger" sound enhanced. I still miss a bouncing bass sound which could give to the whole album that energy shot which would boost the sound making it sound more homogeneous.

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: Rarity?

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 12 2008
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Rarity?
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave (@)
Rated: *****
Soon available on iTunes or on Amazon, RARITY? is the counterpart to the first Empire State Human compilation "Popularity? and it contains seventeen tracks of remixes, unreleased and compilation tracks. For every ESH fan this download only album is a real bonanza as it gathers great tunes that are difficult to find: their covers of "Together in electric dreams" (the original was played by Moroder/Oakey), Eurythmics' "Love is a stranger", Fixx's "Saved by zero", Boytronic's "Photographs" and Dead Or Alive's "Special star". The four remixes (specially Qubiq's ones) give to the tracks a new appeal with a particular sensual dancey approach. RARITY? despite all these facts (good amount of tracks, rare ones, covers, remixes) it's unbelievably enjoyable by whom don't know Empire State Human at all and I find this a fantastic thing to tell about a band but if you already know ESH, you are already aware of this! P.s. Here you can find all the songs informations http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=164650750&blogID=331767818

CELLULOIDE: Naphtaline LP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 12 2008
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Artist: CELLULOIDE (@)
Title: Naphtaline LP
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Partially available since 2003 at the band's website, NAPHTALINE is a tribute E.P. which has now been expanded and released on CD by Celluloide thanks to their label Boredom Product. I already appreciated their version of classic of the 80's which span from pop to new wave/goth arriving to electronic pop concerning the unreleased tracks and the ones which have been previously available only on compilations. Recorded during pauses they did on recording sessions (this is why the tracks have the same sets of sounds. They weren't able to change them because of the songs the were recording) the thirteen tracks of NAPHTALINE transpose songs like "Amoreux solitaires" (cult song of the early 80's by the French pop icon called Lio), Dead Can Dance's "In power we entrust the love advocated", The Cure's "Three imaginary boys", Siouxsie's "Happy house" and Lush's (do you remember them? They were one of the first shoegazer band that signed to 4AD. Personally I have only their first E.P.s and their album "Gala" because after that they kinda lost their touch) "Lights from a dead star" into something particular thanks to their bleeping cold electro style. These are the tracks you can still find on the website and that will be still available even if the album is out and these are the tracks which impressed me most because I knew really well the original ones and I think that it isn't easy to do good and personal versions of other genres' tunes which are deep rooted into people's personal track list. The other seven tracks, instead consider classic bands of the electronic scene but Celluloide did a good move by picking Depeche Mode's "Reason man" along with "Somebody" (track which have been speed up a little) because the occasional Depeche Mode listener don't know know this song which they performed only live during their early years. The other tracks are Camouflage's "Love is a shield", Boytronic's "Luna Square", Dark Distant Spaces' "Fashion", Trisomie 21's "Logical Animals" and Sista Manned Pa Jorden's "L'air". In my opinion this is an album to get but this time you have the opportunity to check half of it, so basically you'll be able to judge by yourself, but I know you'll agree with me.

DEKAD: Confidential Tears

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Jan 10 2008
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Artist: DEKAD (@)
Title: Confidential Tears
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After two years from their debut album "Sin Lab", Dekad are back with a new one titled CONFIDENTIAL TEARS. As you can check into my review of their previous one, I already appreciated their style in balance from synthpop and electropop. On this new one, Dekad, enhanced their writing skills and produced a real good album which sounds homogeneous and solid from the first listening. "Dive", which you can listen to by downloading it from their website, for example, shows really well how good their songwriting is nowadays: catchy melodies, upbeat tempo and a bit of dance attitude. Balancing the track-list with electro ballads with a strong rhythm section and upbeat tracks having, as the first ones, good melodies, the French trio is able now to gather a worldwide following, inheriting also the Gahan fans who aren't satisfied by his recent album which sounds too melancholic and fresh less.