- Audio CD (5 Aug. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: MONKEYTOWN
- ASIN: B00BFJHED6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
II (Deluxe Cd) Limited Edition
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I ordered the deluxe vinyl edition straight away. The only downside is this edition doesn't come with a download version, so I've ended up purchasing it twice so I have it available on my iPod. But that's the only downside of the 12", and I wouldn't have done this if the album wasn't totally worth it.
Moderat's II is different from their first album in a couple of ways; the only primary vocal used across the album is that of Sasha RIng (Apparat), and in general the album feels more 'pop' in style. Don't let this put you off, we're not talking cliched, 'saturday night on the lash' style pop, but more refined, genuine songwriting. It blends being catchy with being a serious work of electronica perfectly, so its never cheesy and always fully absorbing.
The vocal tracks ('Bad Kingdom', 'Let the Light in', 'Gita', 'Damage Done', and on the cd/download deluxe edition, 'last time') are scattered throughout the album amongst superb instrumentals, the best of which include the dramatic 'Versions' and 'This TIme' - the tune Moderat have been opening their live performances of the album with.
I was fortunate to be at the Eastern Electrics festival at Knebworth Park where Moderat performed their album launch for 'II'. Alongside a superb DJ Set from DJ Koze, this performance was the highlight of the whole festival for me.Read more ›
This album has a very gentle, almost ethereal, feel to it at times. It doesn't get up and shout at you with a million high-hat beats per second, instead it relies on deep powerful basslines to grab your attention.
'Bad Kingdom' is possibly my favourite track on the album. It has a really thumping bassline that drives the track along, and has Apparat's vocals to the fore. They sound almost haunting at times during this album. 'Bad Kingdom' really says everything that is good about this album. The basslines, the vocals, the structure, just everything feels like it has a place. It never feels cluttered or busy, always just right.
I like this album quite a lot, a lot more than I though I would. It's been a good year for electronic music, and to get noticed amongst the crowd is no mean feat. A great second album. Five stars.
There are a couple of attempts at 'pop' music that are really quite good 'Bad Kingdom' being the first and forays into building techno work outs like 'Milk' and euphoric sweetness best displayed in 'Versions' (my fav track).
Since LP I the influence of dubstep and bass music seems to have changed into a more refined almost nostalgic sound with Moderat using vocal samples underneath the beat much like John Talabot did on Fin - for better or worse - and it fair to say while there's no Seamonkey or Rusty Nails there's much here to enjoy.
Moderat II easily lives up to the first albums' standards, however it is always very hard to reach the standards set by the trio's debut album, which to say the least, can be considered as the perfect debut from the guys.
The album kicks of with The Mark, an ambient, synth laden track, and is followed with the heavily contrasting, pre-album, top-charting single Bad Kingdom. This track slightly takes the album into more "pop-oriented" territory and it might put off some fans of Moderat I, but it might definitely engulf some new listeners more into the album. The deep and warm vocals from Sascha mixed with the 'Modeselektorish' beats make up a four minute track that some might want to loop forever.
Let in the Light is definitely the standout track for me. The intriguing sounds, together with pitched vocals, deep melodies and a heavy bass drum take the album into another dimension before moving on to Milk, which throbs for ten minutes, with very few but defining organic elements to reach a certain climax in the album.Read more ›
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This is, without a doubt, an incredible album and one of my favourites of the year. However, if you are considering buying this album, you have probably heard songs from it and are... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Georgiana
Buy it, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed if you like electronica and/or Apparat/Moderat's previous output. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by Stefan Boberg
just buy it! another album that is constantly getting played in my house, so many of my friends have bought this after i have played it for themPublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by gar1975