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posted a comment on Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels / Sunburst And Snowblind. 25 days ago
Very possibly does. Looks quite unique, I'd say - there is also a US version of the CD that reads only the album title on the front cover. The label themselves probably decided to add "Sunburst and Snowblind" along with "Head Over Heels" as a title on ... See full review
posted a comment on The Hafler Trio - Walk Gently Through The Gates Of Joy. 2 months ago
A stunning collection of sound experiments although one needs to be relaxed and in the right mood, as this is definitely not made for the "easy listening" purpose. But once you are ready "Walk Gently Through the Gates Of Joy" will provide with a ... See full review
posted a comment on Yazoo - Four Pieces. 2 months ago
I am happy to see Mute releasing and re-releasing some of the classic stuff. That is understandable, and as Daniel Miller himself put it in the recently released, amazing book about Mute - these records have to stay available to the record buying public. ... See full review
posted a comment on The Human League - Romantic?. 2 months ago
"Romantic?" should have been a return to form - "Heart Like a Wheel" that announced the comeback already sounded like johnny-come-lately in the year 1990, still it had all the perfect ingredients of the group's spot-on hit work (after all, it was Martin ... See full review
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Someone Somewhere (In Summertime). 2 months ago
Amazing single with extended extra touch worth possessing especially so for the stunning raw version of "King Is White" from one of the groups radio session works and even more so especially for the non-album piece that is "Soundtrack For Every Heaven" - ... See full review
posted a comment on Depeche Mode - Exciter. 3 months ago
This is where their exploitation of "Violator" riffs truly began to drag. Although "Exciter" is no less than good an album, a brave step away from the rock-ish sound firmly established in "Songs of Faith and Devotion" and "Ultra", a milestone record ... See full review
posted a comment on Blancmange - Happy Families. 4 months ago
Correct, the engravings and the credits are the only way to check the two versions between them. The pressing containing the orchestral version of waves features "TY 2.3.83" and "Double Brandy" engraved on the LP + the remix credit "Waves remixed by ... See full review
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - Electric Cafe. 4 months ago
It usually depended on the quality of the master tape from which the LP was pressed. "Electric Cafe" sounded great even on cassette as such - the sound quality which throughout time may have degraded, unless properly taken care of to preserve the ... See full review
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - 3-D (Der Katalog). 4 months ago
The whole "3-D Katalog" thing seems more like a sad attempt by Mr. Hütter to finally erase any links with the past, thus re-interpreting the classics with the current line-up. In 1980, OMD wrote the song "Pretending to see the future". Kraftwerk now ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Tour De France Soundtracks. 4 months ago
The 2003 album's main problem isn't the sheer plasticity of it - it is Kraftwerk's inconsistent presence in music in the last 20+ years. 1991's "The Mix" was a curious little gem of a compilation revisiting the originals, cleverly using the remix formula ... See full review
posted a comment on Tears For Fears - Suffer The Children. 4 months ago
Audibly, this one's a starting point where Tears For Fears were still in search of their own identity. Expecting a more explicit synth-pop version of "Suffer the Children" may be a disappointment to some - as the 1981 7" version is already quite similar ... See full review
posted a comment on Karl Bartos - Off The Record. 5 months ago
Yes, to accept it for what it is, the story behind this album helps a great deal - and while there really is nothing new under the sun, you cannot ignore the charm of Mr. Bartos bringing his retro-futuristic ideas back to the present (continuous).

The ... See full review
posted a comment on Rhesus Factor. 5 months ago
While posing pretentiously as an EBM promoter and even attracting many famous EBM acts to join in, I believe neither the likes of Front 242, FLA, Psyche or Leaether Strip to name a few are aware of the ideals one Stefan Rukavina glorifies and ... See full review
posted a comment on Stefan Rukavina. 5 months ago
While posing pretentiously as an EBM promoter and even attracting many famous EBM acts to join in, I believe neither the likes of Front 242, FLA, Psyche or Leaether Strip to name a few are aware of the ideals one Stefan Rukavina glorifies and ... See full review
posted a comment on Bleiburg. 5 months ago
While posing pretentiously as an EBM promoter and even attracting many famous EBM acts to join in, I believe neither the likes of Front 242, FLA, Psyche or Leaether Strip to name a few are aware of the ideals one Stefan Rukavina glorifies and ... See full review
posted a comment on The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses. 6 months ago
A timeless masterpiece that provokes the popular question - who's listening to it in the year 20--? I know I do.
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain. 7 months ago
Without doubt, their "Unforgettable Fire" moment. "Sparkle In the Rain" is impressive as it is ambitious and bombast. Gone is the electronic/experimental subtlety of their previous work, despite Michael McNeil's gorgeous keyboard work continuing to ... See full review
posted a review of Nina Hagen - Nunsexmonkrock. 8 months ago
Somewhere between the grim reality, "The Litanies of Satan", the messed-up spiritual quest and a weird dream, "Nunsexmonkrock" took things way beyond the leftfield experimentation and parody, that days after listening you're continually bothered by the ... See full review
posted a comment on a-ha - Take On Me. 9 months ago
Without the internet, people would wish for the magic wand, in order to hear any of the song's earlier versions/demos/mixes - hoping for something that could have been rawer, darker and edgier, considering the electro-pop appeal of A-ha's music.

Well, ... See full review
posted a review of Róisín Murphy. 9 months ago
We happen to say quite often "there are very few artists that...". With Roisin Murphy, whatever happens after the ellipsis, she's always spot on in her part-sensual, part-erotic, part-provocative and constantly daring without being bombast or by any ... See full review
posted a review of Arca (4). 10 months ago
In one of his recent interviews, Daniel Miller described Arca in the wake of a certain "Fad Gadget". Knowing the nature of Frank Tovey's (literally speaking) body of work, such suggestion is, of course, totally in place - except Arca is physically and ... See full review
posted a comment on Die Krupps - A Tribute To Metallica. 10 months ago
There's so much bad beyond bad karaoke here that no hi-tech aggro-vibe could have saved it from total embarrassment - maybe Die Krupps' intentions were honest at heart but giving the legendary thrash metal band a tribute as cheap as this is just ... See full review
posted a comment on DAF* - 1st Step To Heaven. 10 months ago
It's not about loving the first, big four (or five, if you prefer "Produkt der DAF") albums - at best, this album makes it for one true oddity in the duo's catalogue. By abbreviating their earlier "Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft" name to a simplified ... See full review
posted a comment on The Birthday Party - Hee-Haw. 11 months ago
Amazing compilation in all, but regarding CAD307 CD version/s, try before you buy as one of these CD editions (hopefully just one, and not the entire re/issue series) features a sound dropout at the very beginning of "Mr. Clarinet" (easily comparable to ... See full review
posted a comment on Heaven Seventeen* - Pleasure One. 11 months ago
Brave to evolve but too bad it didn't keep the synthetic edge of the group's previous albums and explore it further. With "Pleasure One", Heaven 17 deliver a decent adult pop album of the year 1986, but you can cut ambition with a knife here - the rich ... See full review
posted a review of Marsheaux - A Broken Frame. about 1 year ago
As long as people know of the source, Marsheaux won't do the original album that much harm. Depeche themselves may seem tired a band these days, but at least they remain unique with their legacy and recycling it. Of course, it is everyone's desire - and ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - Like A Prayer. about 1 year ago
While not the only ace album of hers, "Like a Prayer" is Madonna's true magnum opus of an album. A personal diary of childhood dreams, spiritual quest, ambition and trauma transformed into a striking collection of songs as bitter as they're sweet on the ... See full review
submitted Iv/An - Unself And Unselfish. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Cocteau Twins - Peppermint Pig. about 1 year ago
The single the very band loves to hate to the present day. While it may seem the most untypical of the Cocteau Twins' releases - mainly due to the fact the production duties were handed over to Alan Rankine of The Associates (who, in his own right, did a ... See full review
posted a comment on Cocteau Twins - Garlands. about 1 year ago
I could NEVER sack off "Peppermint Pig" :) if I have to choose a favourite single from their amazing discography, Piggy would be it!
posted a comment on Yoko Ono. about 1 year ago
Her finest music work seems to be evident in the music of those she inspired. As for Yoko, well, hail to the godmother of outoftune.
posted a comment on Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues. about 1 year ago
I remember buying this specific edition of the CD, sometime earlier in 1995. Oddly enough, this CD features the inverse-coloured, blue front cover with orange circle (originally, or judging from the majority, most editions are printed the other way ... See full review
posted a comment on Simple Minds. about 1 year ago
I have divided feelings towards their post-83/onwards era work myself - meaning some of the work is decent (personally, I enjoy some of it in the wake of "Sparkle In the Rain" and "Once Upon a Time"), the rest I find sadly a victim of its own pomposity ... See full review
posted a comment on Autechre. about 1 year ago
This is not music. This is geometry - with symmetry and asymmetry in between.
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posted a comment on Laurie Anderson - Home Of The Brave. about 1 year ago
While the majority of music forming part to the superb film version of "Home Of the Brave" is a promotional live rendition of "Mr. Heartbreak", it is utterly criminal the standard album version doesn't follow by keeping the entire lot (similar case was ... See full review
posted a comment on This Mortal Coil - It'll End In Tears. about 1 year ago
funny how they wrongly credit "Fond Affections" and "Not Me", misplacing Colin Newman and Rema-Rema :)
posted a review of Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant. about 1 year ago
Judging from the mixes, too bad this, of all NE singles, remains their most uninspiring. The superb album version got far more respectful (mis)treatment with the bonus addition on the CD version of "That Total Age" ("Metal Mix" especially, which Terence ... See full review
posted a comment on Joy Division - Peel Sessions. about 1 year ago
Away from Factory's confines, or more likely Martin Hannett's omnipresent production, Joy Division seem to breathe way more freely on "Peel Sessions", daring to sound cleaner, with shades of grey peeled off to an extent they're discrete reminders, tame ... See full review
submitted Iv/An - Stilske vježbe. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Milena Dravić - Aerobika Sa Milenom Dravić. about 1 year ago
One ultimately hilarious, masterpiece collection of aerobic exercises from Yugoslavia's cult actress - the one and only, Milena Dravić. The way these exercises are presented, in certain parts accentuating "intensity" including fake exhale sounds in the ... See full review
posted a comment on David Sylvian - Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities. about 1 year ago
Strange that some other sources (including davidsylvian.net) do confirm it being a bootleg. For a bootleg it looks and sounds very professional, hard to believe it is a bootleg after all. :)
posted a comment on Vice Versa (4) - 8 Aspects - April 1980. about 1 year ago
The contents of the very tape are without doubt identical, regardless of varying designs of the sleeve inserts. Not sure about which version came first in that respect, but the other one (with the rough xeroxed sleeve) looks like the first edition. Some ... See full review
posted a comment on Japan - Adolescent Sex. about 1 year ago
Well dear, the very album sounds exactly like that so I'm glad you noticed that in my writing just the same.
posted a review of Various - Nervous Systems. about 1 year ago
One of Mute's "conceptual" compilation releases earlier in the 90s, partially digging into "The Grey Area" - the label established as a subsidiary. At the time, Mute were licensed for loads of amazing re-releases and along "The Tyranny Of the Beat", ... See full review
posted a comment on ABBA - The Visitors. about 1 year ago
The music industry's first ever album released on compact disc, the group's swan song record with a new wave flavour (traces of Sparks, Gary Numan, Ultravox and Data are particularly daring and clever). Personally, I was never into ABBA, despite respect ... See full review
posted a comment on Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination. about 1 year ago
A tiny note - judging from a personal copy, the Finnish release seems to feature a slight off-centre moment on "Boys From Brazil".
posted a comment on Low Noise (2) - Jungle Line. about 1 year ago
Thank you for correcting me, apologies for my clumsiness ("Keith", now how on earth did I come up with that?!) :)
posted a review of Cindytalk. about 1 year ago
Violently creepy and emotionally intense, Cindytalk can singlehandedly be described as the xenomorph of post punk. Yes, many came and went, many tried similar ideas before and after science - but many just as failed, falling prey to the temptations of ... See full review
posted a comment on Grace Jones - Live In Concert (London & New York City). about 1 year ago
well, for starters you can tell from the very sleeve design this is plain piracy. I remember when it came out, people immediately raged against it, there is a rumour even Grace Jones is disgusted with it. Rightfully so. Damn you, music industry for such ... See full review