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|1. True Mathematics|
|3. Flicking Your Switch|
|5. Turn It On|
|6. Blue Jeans|
|7. Cracked LCD|
|8. Black Plastic|
|10. Startup Chime|
|11. Nu Horizons|
|14. Light & Magic|
|15. The Reason Why|
I then came across their "The Way That I Found You" single and
that was it really. They are an awesome band; bringing a
modern sheen to their early 80s electro influences, they are
like no other and are easily ahead of the likes of Fischerspooner
etc with whom they have been compared.
I didn't think it possible to top their debut album 604 but they
have achieved it. They've managed to move their sound on and
develop it from 604 but still provide the aural interest that
was evident on that album.
Stand-out tracks on Light & Magic? Seventeen deserves to be a
big hit single. The combination of Helen's whispered voice and
a great melody make this a real winner. Flicking Your Switch is
a Chicago house vibe that takes no prisoners and the disturbing
and claustrophobic Fire are worth the price alone.
The Arthur Baker/New York electro influence is also felt on
Turn It On with its vocoded vocals and infectious melodic
hook. The last thirty years in electronic pop are on this
The low-point (if there is one) is Nu Horizons which is
basically a rehash of their earlier b-side Holiday 601 with
its strict Germanic quantisation and Mira's spoken Bulgarian lyrics.
As I have said here before, they deserve to be huge.
Comparisons with Abba and Propaganda (due to the two
blokes/two lasses line-up) are wide of the mark as
the 'Tron are something else completely. This is one
of the albums of 2002; at once as fresh as a daisy and
with a healthy regard of electronic music's rich and
varied past so buy it!
They plunder the electronic heritage with a magpie-like selection of shiny objects, everything from Visage to Moroder and beyond, then add their individual touches and make the contributions of yesterday sound very new, very now and also very tomorrow.
Seventeen is an infectious and great single (and I'm thrilled it is getting consdierable airplay here in Australia, all the less air time for Avril Lavigne - someone please stop her!) but it's only the start. This album sparkles with pop hits, crazy roboticism ("Cracked LCD") and the totally luscious ("The Reason Why") and there's so much more. Listen to with their first album "604" for extended enjoyment. If you love electronica, this will be for you.
I haven't heard their first album 604 yet, which so many people say is supposed to be so much better. I don't believe that. It can't be better - it might be different. I guess it's a good thing that I didn't know it. This way I didn't listen to Light&Magic with any expectations that could be destroyed.
Light&Magic is one hour of beautiful synth pop that floats through the room with nice beats and airy vocals. I especially recommend listening to Seventeen which has a nice melody and fun lyrics. Other great songs are Blue Jeans, Cease2xcist or The Reason Why. But the best way to listen to this album is to just put it in the player and not touch the skip button. It's electro pop that manages to touch your soul. At least that's what it did to me.