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Propaganda - 1234
posted a review of Propaganda - 1234. 2 months ago
It's super easy to hate "1234" to bits in favour of the immortal "A Secret Wish". But despite shying away 180 degrees from the earlier concept, there's a whole lot more to admire on this album. The music sounds overproduced at times, yes - but "1234"... See full review
Cabaret Voltaire - Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire. 8 months ago
Not necessarily chronological - "This Is Our Religion", "Time In Minutes" and "Playing For Time" most definitely sound like something from their transitional period (1981-82). Both "Time In Minutes" and "Playing For Time" sound like they may have... See full review
U2 - Songs Of Surrender
posted a comment on U2 - Songs Of Surrender. 11 months ago
Context/s aside, the whole premise remains one big boring lounge-y affair, with good ol' Bono and The Edge sounding like guesting on another clichéd cover LP by Nouvelle Vague. Painful to listen to, realising what the immortal (early) originals still... See full review
Grace Jones
posted a comment on Grace Jones. about 1 year ago
In fact, it's a sly adaption cover of DAF's "Als wär's das letzte Mal". Many never notice that detail.
Martin L. Gore - Counterfeit²
posted a review of Martin L. Gore - Counterfeit². about 1 year ago
20 years later, "Counterfeit 2" still sounds more "Depeche" than Depeche themselves do these days... Revisiting the collection, one so wishes these were Martin's originals, with a gem or two that could have been omitted from the final cut ("Loverman"... See full review
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Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies
posted a review of Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies. about 1 year ago
In mere few places it sounds as if being slightly remixed, maybe for the curiosity of the free flexidisc, but stays pretty loyal to the album version. The fade out is not that good though, too abrupt (the album version segues into the track... See full review
Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourite / Insecticide
posted a review of Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourite / Insecticide. about 1 year ago
Yes, they are. This single was released sometime prior to the release of the album, but both songs are identical to those on the album.
Section 25 - From The Hip
posted a review of Section 25 - From The Hip. about 1 year ago
While the original album is this beautiful mixture of upbeat melancholy, chance and error, the additional songs on this disc are mostly fillers documenting some of the creative process but for the most part remain a downright boring listen. "Dirty... See full review
Björk - Fossora
posted a review of Björk - Fossora. about 1 year ago
At the time of her previous release "Utopia", a user wrote on Metacritic - "Listen to Bjork crawl into a cave and rub herself with crystals and moss.” This statement perfectly summerises the predictably unpredictable Björk back with "Fossora" and... See full review
Japan
posted a comment on Japan. about 1 year ago
Masami Tsuchiya was not officially a member of the group. He was a friend of the band and in that their guest (session) player, mostly at the time prior to the group's split. Tsuchiya played on their live shows (and this is evident only on "Oil On... See full review
Dome
posted a comment on Dome. about 1 year ago
Incredibly self-indulgent but just as rewarding a listen, not on the first one though. It takes time. "1+2" and "3+4" compilations on The Grey Area/Mute plus "8 Time" compilation on 4AD are essential. Get them.
Fad Gadget - Under The Flag
posted a comment on Fad Gadget - Under The Flag. about 1 year ago
I dare say, he peaked with each and every (next) one - his entire discography is so well worth checking, not a weak album - yet his later albums (the Frank Tovey ones included) sadly and so unfairly suffer as most people just don't seem to overcome... See full review
The Human League - Being Boiled / Circus Of Death
posted a comment on The Human League - Being Boiled / Circus Of Death. about 1 year ago
Not "worse" but definitely inferior. It was added a touch of reverb, and re-released in 1982 after the group's breakthrough success with "Dare". The original version features a dry mix and is in mono, although that dry mix appeared in simulated stereo... See full review
Iv/An - A Scream Is But A Train Of Thought
submitted Iv/An - A Scream Is But A Train Of Thought. about 1 year ago
Iv/An - A Scream Is But A Train Of Thought
submitted Iv/An - A Scream Is But A Train Of Thought. about 1 year ago
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The Designers Republic
posted a comment on The Designers Republic. about 1 year ago
"Distinctive" sure is the word to describe The Designers Republic's work. Their packaging designs are ripe with classics, however, elsewhere in their catalogue there's just as much overrated, self-indulgent graphic tripe.
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Eurythmics - Live 1983 - 1989
posted a comment on Eurythmics - Live 1983 - 1989. over 2 years ago
Like many, I love their experimentally driven material to death. But apart from their early (meaning 1981/82) live period (the examples off of the OGWT, session recordings leaking on YouTube these days, and yes, the energetic 4-live set off of "This... See full review
Eurythmics - Boxed
posted a comment on Eurythmics - Boxed. over 2 years ago
Just as their 2005 "Ultimate Collection" wasn't "ultimate", neither was this entirely "boxed". "1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)" remained conspicuously missing from this lot - and that's only the tip of the iceberg of missing and missed... See full review
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
posted a comment on Soft Cell - Tainted Love. over 2 years ago
Personally, I never fell for "Tainted Love" of the year 1981. Yes, it is meta-legendary and Soft Cell were in their right mind to save the song from obscurity but the sheer hell of overplay broke loose ever since. The "beep-beep" agony of a hit that... See full review
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LoneLady
posted a comment on LoneLady. over 2 years ago
One of the voices in today's independent music field, that possesses strong character - at times a little tiring for relying on her fragile singing riffs, but LoneLady grabs you regardless, her albums each a rewarding listen. "Former Things",... See full review
Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* - Architecture & Morality (The Singles)
posted a comment on Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* - Architecture & Morality (The Singles). over 2 years ago
On "Navigation - The OMD B-sides", the titular b-side runs in full although due to time constraints on that CD, another b-side's been edited short ("66 & Fading").
Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* - Architecture & Morality (The Singles)
posted a review of Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* - Architecture & Morality (The Singles). over 2 years ago
The demos steal the show here and it's amazing to hear how the final studio versions of "Sealand", "She's Leaving", "Georgia" and "Maid Of Orleans" initially came about. The never before heard "Submarines" is especially rewarding - by title maybe a... See full review
Fred Schneider - Just...Fred
posted a comment on Fred Schneider - Just...Fred. over 2 years ago
Think about it as a much lighter (as in "better") version of "Lulu".
Various - The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill & Gang Of Four
posted a comment on Various - The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill & Gang Of Four. over 2 years ago
The title really and truly says it all... and talk about irony. A compilation of covers as shallow as this heads more for the dustbin than not. Damien Hirst to go with it and Andy Gill to roll in his grave... But if you insist, go on - play "The... See full review
Bleiburg
posted a comment on Bleiburg. over 3 years ago
Tyrannic, I the hell care. And it's got nothing to do with one's "beliefs" - it's got more to do with one's stupidity and indoctrination... even more so, it's got everything to do with one's refusal to check the facts, the refusal to understand how... See full review
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The League Unlimited Orchestra - Love And Dancing
posted a review of The League Unlimited Orchestra - Love And Dancing. over 3 years ago
Monumental at the time, yes, now of mere documentary value. And kudos of course, to Martin Rushent for all the manual, editing hard work.

Personally, I find a large portion of 80s hits' extended mixes super tedious - a doodle in the studio,... See full review
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Erasure - Oh L'Amour
posted a comment on Erasure - Oh L'Amour. over 3 years ago
Maybe they all agreed to the idea for commercial reasons, but probably regretted it ever after - because the German version of "Oh L'Amour" sounds beyond appalling. What immediately comes to mind in the context of this, is the total overdubbing of... See full review
Laibach - Let It Be
posted a comment on Laibach - Let It Be. over 3 years ago
It probably was Laibach's sole intention to mock The Beatles by effectively decapitating them with "Let It Be" (the same way they did it two years earlier, decapitating Opus and Queen, on the far more sinister "Opus Dei"), teasing the listener with... See full review
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
posted a comment on Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). over 3 years ago
Judging from online previews, looks like some songs on the 2018 remaster appear slightly different in (re)mix from what is evident on the original 1983 release...

"Somebody Told Me", for example, features a different and somewhat "dryer" mix as... See full review
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Telex - I Don't Like Remixes: Original Classics 78-86
posted a review of Telex - I Don't Like Remixes: Original Classics 78-86. over 3 years ago
Each Telex album brings a smile to the face but if you need a proper introduction, this compilation is "it" by all means. On first listen the whole thing sounds a bit too corny but very quickly you won't ignore the charm and the fun of it - adding a... See full review
Soft Cell - Mutant Moments E.P. (Remastered)
posted a comment on Soft Cell - Mutant Moments E.P. (Remastered). over 3 years ago
Not sure these are "full" versions - judging from the YT posts here in reference to the newly released 10" single (which all sound superb btw), the three out of four pieces seem to be slightly edited - as in shortened?

"Potential" and "Metro MRX",... See full review
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Kraftwerk - Heimcomputer
posted a comment on Kraftwerk - Heimcomputer. over 3 years ago
It sure is exciting for the Musikexpress folks to get a feature as special as Kraftwerk in their mag but apart from that, this "special" 2021 mash-up could have been done (is being done, and countless times, in fact) by anyone out there, for the sheer... See full review
Cabaret Voltaire - BN9Drone
posted a comment on Cabaret Voltaire - BN9Drone. over 3 years ago
Elsewhere, people continue with their blind praise but deep in the very heart of it, Richard Kirk himself probably couldn't care less and it sadly shows in the very "music" side of things here... His solo version of "Cabaret Voltaire" suddenly... See full review
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Björk - Biophilia
posted a review of Björk - Biophilia. over 3 years ago
This is where she slips into total self-indulgence. The next two albums ("Vulnicura" and especially "Utopia") continued in the same vein, tediously so. Every Björk's (new) album may still provoke curiosity, and kudos to her for pushing her own... See full review
Suicide - Why Be Blue
posted a review of Suicide - Why Be Blue. over 3 years ago
Stripped off of Rev's synth and hiss, leaving very little for Vega to growl along to, "Why Be Blue?" sadly discloses the meta-legendary Suicide in their full frontal mediocrity. The ideas might be there somewhere (the only remotely good song here is... See full review
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