A Worthy Compensation - Review
They're back! We haven't had an official new release from this band since 1999 and a later double-disc "best of" release in North America. This album marks a great comeback after all these years. They pick up right where they left off with their smooth, melodic synthpop sound as if this could have been release a decade ago and this could be just a re-issue. The album is packed with great music across ten excellent tracks, plenty of great music for fans to listen to and love.
For long-time fans of this band, this is like finding a long lost love from ages past to be reunited with. For new fans, rest-assured, the music you discover on this album is classic Beborn Beton
and you could go pick up their back catalog and feel right at home after enjoying this new work. Across these ten tracks we're presented with the smooth, sometimes dancy, sometimes mellow electronic masterpieces. "Daisy Cutter" kicks it off with that somber, mid-tempo style we often enjoy from this band as the pulsating synths form and move along with the somber beat. The loops build and flow like a slow flowing river and then we build up to a powerful chorus that gets the blood flowing. These dynamics don't always happen in a single song, but do happen throughout the album which help keep it dynamic and captivating throughout. After another heartfelt mid-tempo piece "I Believe", the overall rhythm picks up and we're presented with something of a sassy atmosphere on "24-7". We keep up the quicker rhythm and harder beats on the next piece before dropping off again into the thick and brooding slower title track.
At this point we reach something of a midway point but there's still plenty of great music remaining on the album. It remains somewhat homogenous, so it's hard to pick really stand-out tracks though there are definitely a few favorites we've selected for our radio shows. The next piece is definitely one of those with "Lost Day On Earth". The band also has a video of this track on their website that is well done and worth a watch. The powerful percussion and pulsating synths don't hold back regardless of the slower beat on this piece. The intensity remains with the thick emotional vocals portraying the thoughtful lyrics over the powerful music. Long-time fans are no strangers to the emtionally striking music these artists create. This style continues on with "She Cried", though portraying a catchy and moving rhythm, the overall moods remain somber which is a great combination this group manages to pull off so well over all these years and again on this piece and throughout this album. After the harder hitting "Was Immer", we're brought to the final couple of tracks on the album which together create a nice finale. "Terribly Wrong" is another mid-tempo piece including some spoken word movie samples creating the introduction to this somber, somewhat melodramatic piece with it's catchy synth loops and somber beat moving it along. This brings us to the final piece "Who Watches the Watchmen" which again presents us with a slower beat, yet powerful layered synths, borrowing slightly from the stuttering electronics found in the dubstep genre which adds a nice touch to this powerful piece.
So there you have it, a powerful comeback album that should please fans new and old alike. Great music from this band that shows they still have it after such a long break after all these years. Well worth picking up and a great addition to our collection.