Various ‎– Trans Slovenia Express Vol. 2

Mute ‎– CDSTUMM256, Mute ‎– 0094631122309
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  • Barcode (Text): 0 094631 122309 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 0094631122309
  • Matrix / Runout: WWW.MEDIAMOTION.COM 3112230 @ 1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LW03
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi AAH38
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM

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CDSTUMM256 Various Trans Slovenia Express Vol. 2(CDr, Comp, Promo) Mute CDSTUMM256 UK 2005 Sell This Version



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May 7, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
While its anthological counterpart from 1994 was trying and delivered far more value on both - political and cultural levels of recognition of Slovenia as a new, respectable independent country, its second attempt leaves no other impression but obvious links between Laibach and Mute, sounding more like patronising over younger bands than actually giving them a proper re-vision on Kraftwerk's behalf.

On the other hand, Slovenian scene, once with cult-status now sounds very close to self-parody featuring some of its patrons (besides Laibach, ex-Videosex iTurk or ex-Borghesia Bast are included here) - Laibach are so tipically pretentious in their 'Bruderschaft' intro; although it has a devastatingly beautiful electronic pulse and less 'macho' delivery we got used to from Laibach, 'Bruderschaft' is still just a frigid techno-orgy for the impotent - but the impotence is still yet to come in larger amounts; Siddharta differ no less than Coptic Rain in 1994 with their similar doom-generation delivery of 'The Robots' (only Coptic Rain still poured some soul into their cover version while Siddharta's sounds basically like a bad karaoke-attempt of Coptic Rain's)... Same goes for 'Rozmarinke' - previously, a group called April Nine recorded an impressively lively version of 'Radioactivity' using exotic treatments (like tablas) to provoke a listener on such a menacing theme - now we have similar cut only less convincing, giving it a rather bad clone image, trying to mix tradition desperately in conflict with science...

The rest is just a hotch-potch of up-to-date technology and bad contemporary arrangements; The Stroj, Octex, Torul, Maya, Moob, Alenia, OST, Sequan or Lara-B all try hard both - to sound and not to sound like Kraftwerk (and eventually make a name for themselves); the same flat trap some of the previously available artists on the first ambitious TSE sampler fell into - sampling (or relying on) KW's original bits for their own ends - only here the results fare much much worse. The final blow is the choice of songs; two of Kraftwerk's originals are included here twice for recycling - 'Hall Of Mirrors' and 'Metropolis' as if that would make any particular difference. The only minimum of promising versions that carries this burden of awful Kraftwerk misinterpretations is undoubtedly Silence in their collaboration with legendary Anne Clark - beautifully patterned ambience with her distinctive seducing vocals. For the rest, rather stick to the first one of TSE's... it has more soul and honesty.