OK, look, before all you John Foxx fans start hitting that unhelpful button after me insulting your favourite metal-synth star by using the word pointless in my title - please hear me out.
I thouroughly loved this CD.
Back in the late 70's and 80's Metamatic was one of my all time favourite LP's, getting years of scratches until I was able to get it finally on CD. I collected all his stuff - I had Burning car pic-disc on my wall for years. Foxx seemed to carry on from the original Ultravox - far more to my liking the the Midge Ure variant ! And I fell heavy into the metal synth of John when gary Numan seemded to go a little too Jazzy for my liking. (upset them now - no offence intended but I hated that saxaphone infiltrating his songs more frequently than good hard synth at the time).
I bought this CD whilst waiting for a train in Oxford, and bought it after the week before buying the brilliant live CD 'Golden Selection Tour'. I wanted to here how Foxx had reworked some of the great Metamatic tunes, like he had on the double live cd. In this I was dissapointed. OK I loved the Metamatic re-works, but they just are not bought into the 21st century with enough difference to their fantastic originals. There are a few extra rhythyms under the original tunes but not enough to drastically change them.
This CD seems to be recorded live in a rehearsal room - though I was expecting a live audience which is not the case.
At the end of the day, I loved it, but could not see the point in
a live album of Metamatic tributes, that sounded 95 % like the originals ! If you want a Foxx live CD I recomend the Golden tour.
In my own opinion the best tracks are Broken Furniture, Making Movies, and the fantastic Underpass but then each to their own I suppose.