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    Mark LaneBlack Lipstick

    Label:Spider-Disc International – N66UXA-38
    Format:
    CD, Maxi-Single
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic
    Style:Synth-pop, Experimental

    Tracklist

    1Black Lipstick5:56
    2I'll Be Kissing You Later4:39
    3That's Dream4:57
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    Nice to know some things don't change. This CD single harkens back to the intense, warm, almost claustrophobic world of home recording electro-balladeers and Indie-Pop Experimenters circa the late 70's in the vein of ROBERT RENTAL, THOMAS LEER & THE NORMAL - very up-front music, reminiscent of a sort of early ULTRAVOX-JAPAN crossover. "Black Lipstick" sets the scene, a medium-pacer with thickset preset keyboards set against sharp simplistic rhythm box. Distinctive sounding, with LANE's voice rounded & tonal. "I'll Be Kissing You Later" is much in the same style, somewhat stripped to basics, making it surprisingly effective. "That's Dream" concludes the single, again a likeable bedroom pop song, slipping DAVID TOLEGIAN's alto sax into the mix to great effect. Judging from the cover and some of the lyrics, LANE portrays himself as a sort of lapsed Goth, but to compare his music, you have to go right back to the roots of that dark style and forget the word Rock. Not sure I'd play it constantly, but makes a nice light alternative to the heavier music I listen to. What he does with the limited palette of (presumably) preset keyboards, he does well. Judged on it's own merits, it gets a definite thumbs-up.

    Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.