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Foretaste: Happy End!

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Artist: Foretaste
Title: Happy End!
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product
Rated: * * * * *
Tense. This is the first adjective that is coming to my mind while listening to the latest Foretaste's album "Happy End!". Their sixth album has been deeply influenced by the feelings the pandemic events raised in all of us. Most of the lyrics are dealing with a feeling of uncertainty and self-preservation. Since the cover which is showing two people holding hands while the worlds collide, one can think that Creature XX and Creature XY are trying to make the best out of the time left. Some examples? Here are some excerpts: "In this day I'm terrified. I'm feeling like I just can't hide", "Living fast but I'm not scared. Fighting soldiers in the air. Welcome to my dream. Welcome to my dream.", "I love the way you're not scared. Cause we don't need to hide again. We don't need to lie. Into the night." or "I don't even know your name. I'm a dead star, in a black world.". Musically I appreciated the rich rhythmic structure which is a good counterpart to the vocal parts which are approached in a way to create a sort of synthpop torch song (Jb Lacassagne a.k.a. Dekad helps singing on "Robotic Blues") where passion and detachment are battling while the synths paint a web made of minimal melodies. My preferred songs are the opening "Welcome", "Pure Madness" (on this one the melody is a bit more catchy), the instrumental "Bored To Death", "Dead Star" (which recalls me a bit Depeche Mode of the 80s) and the closing "Happy End!" (this one is almost a techno tune and I found it really intriguing and I'd like they would have played a bit more in this key just to give to the album a wider palette of sounds). A usual for Foretaste, the album needs more listenings to be fully appreciated

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