Perfect Evolution Of Humanity - Review
This project is comprised of the duo Caro (vocals & lyrics) and Marco (keys & music) and together they combine to create an excellent emotional blend of dance-friendly electro-pop music.
This is their second album and features a nice selection of music across eight original pieces and five various remixes. The album was released in 2010 under the Black Rain
label for fans of powerful electro-pop music.
With Caro's vocals and the excellent mix of powerful electronic music, this band really took me back to the sound of Propaganda
, no doubt the comparison has been made before, but from the first time I heard this group and this album, that's what I thought of. With that said and out of the way, this is a great album regardless of comparisons to the past and so I don't want to detract from their own talents and creativity.
The more I've listened to this album, the more it has grown on me, the dance-friendly beats, Caro's solid vocals and the excellent compositions that portray layers and layers of emotions. From the beginning with the angst-ridden groans, screams and spoken word samples to inroduce "Possession" we have the mood set. The album quickly builds on this solid mid-tempo piece and gives way to one excellent track after another. The pace gets an adrenaline boost with "Redemption" and "Lovely Cruel Punisher" before dropping off again with the album's title track. We're back up and running again with "The Light Faded" and into overdrive on "Platinum Heart" and "Rampage" and dropping back into a mid-tempo finality on "Slavery" before slipping into the remixes.
There are so many great tracks, it's heart to pic a favorite, the variety is enough that some do stand out so it's not all like one single, long track. Favorites for me include a little bit of everything. "Possession" with the samples described above are a nice touch for the darker style we enjoy in the gothic-realm of music, and the beat, though mid-tempo, is still hard and heavy providing a great back-drop for the dripping emotions. The heavy synths, fast, powerful beats of "Redemption" combine to become something electro-pop fans can really enjoy and move to, however I think "Lovely Cruel Punisher" with it's catchy chorus is definitely a favorite from this album. "The Light Faded" is another favorite and I think portrays Caro's excellent vocal talents, unmasked behind distortion, but powerful, crisp and clear across a back-drop of more layers of electronics and a moving beat. As the original eight tracks wind down, another favorite comes out in the piece "Slavery". Amidst the dark and powerful driving pieces that precede this piece, it's kind of a restful respite, a light in the dark and a nice contrast which shows how a band can present a message and set the tone through a variety of music and lyrics. This piece becomes uplifting and enjoyable in it's own light and goes down as another favorite.
The remixes are all well done, they don't detract too much from the originals, yet each remixer added just a slightly different touch whether it be a harder edge, or a little more distortion of some sort or other. I'm not a fan of Maxi singles, so releasing the remixes as bonus tracks on a full-length album is a great alternative, though it would have been nice to have a couple more original tracks to make this more of a true full-length rather than an EP + remixes. Needless to say, with their solid style and talents we look forward to more great music from this duo.
Label: Black Rain