Synthesizer - Review
I believe that this band needs no introduction with their solid late 80's and early 90's releases that should be well-known by any fan of synthpop or really, practically anyone who was over 5 years old during that time. So this is the first album released in a decade by this group and it returns us right back to the height of their career between 1988 - 1995 as if they had never even taken a break. As a "come back" album this is everything that could be expected and more with 13 stellar electronic tracks.
Right from the start I can simply state for fans that are familiar with this band that if you think about about the Hack album and the style of music from that era, this album is right along those lines. It's not quite as edgy as their self-titled '88 release, but a lot more toned down than their Peace & Love, Inc. album. With "Baby Just Wants" kicking it all off, we're off to a perfect start with this fun, upbeat dance-friendly electronica piece. The heavy beats and myriad of analog electronics move each piece along whether it's the robotic piece "I Like The Way You Werk It", the reminiscent selection "Back in the Day" or the title track towards the end of the disc.
Most pieces are led on vocals by Chris Anton, which is a bit of a change from the classic days, but he picks up the task and does an excellent job leading most casual listeners to believe that they're listening to the same group they hard back in 1988. Kurt Harland Larson does pick up vocals on the final piece of the album titled "Seeds of Pain", which in my mind brings this album full circle for a full reunion of something of the original group I grew to love so many years ago in my late teen years.
I know it's hard to talk about this album and not refer to their earlier successful works, but I really want to draw the reader to the fact that this album shows the band as good as they have ever been with so many original elements from so many years back. But leaving that behind we have a ton of great modern technology at work and top-of-the-line production from Paul Robb that it keeps the entire album fresh and fun. It feels as if they're introducing the entire world to the new wave of synthpop all over again on this disc. Check it out because you will not be disappointed.
Label: Dancing Ferret