Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Title: Dischord
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Dr Strangelove were famous for a song titled "Why do you do?" (people were thinking it was Depeche Mode because of some melodic similarities and because John deep vocals) and they disbanded many years ago. Now three of them are back as Analog Angel and DISCHORD is their debut album with that moniker. The album doesn't contain any of the old songs because the fourth original member did not want them to re-record the old tracks and to ensure that they didn't, he copyrighted them under his own name (despite them being co-written). Anyway, this helped John, Derek and Robert to show their skills and to pack the new album with 80's sounds and nowadays freshness. The first two tracks of the album "Touched" and "Television" reflects other kind of influences and they sound more 90's oriented (I found a bit of VNV Nation here and there, maybe). With "Shadows" little by little 80's are surfacing thanks to analog pads and leads which find a great balance on the short instrumental "Ich habe". "High heels" is next and it would be a great single with its melodies recalling Depeche Mode. Fortunately Analog Angel are more than that and after the only ballad of the album "Down on you knees" we have "No contest", a tune that mix Nitzer Ebb and synthpop. Then, we have "What we've become", a great upbeat synthpop song with unforgettable melodies which prepare the audience to "Deviance", a 4/4 upbeat tune really energetic. The last original song of the album is one of the better of the lot as "Inner innocence (Original innocence)" gathers dark moods, analog sounds, good melodies, energy and a certain demo feel that makes it sound intriguing. The album closes with "Down to your knees (carpet burn reprise)" and "Television (900 channels remix)", two good remixes that don't play around the original songs but they rather revise them showing a different side. For example I found the "carpet burn reprise" more convincing of the original version as it has melancholic atmospheres but it dismiss the romantic element characteristic of the ballads.