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Methods of Silence [Import]

Camouflage Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000005J5X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Fine Day
2. Love Is A Shield
3. Anyone
4. Your Skinhead Is The Dream
5. On Islands
6. Feeling Down
7. Sooner Than We Think
8. A Picture Of Life
9. Les Rues
10. Rue De Moorslede (Instr.)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Synth Pop 10 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
The album has been out for some time now but is a classic of the synth pop genre. Drawing heavily from influences such as Depeche Mode, Human League and Heaven 17, Camouflage have created an album of deadpan sensitivity.
A highlight is Love is a Shield - catchy and clever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty found 2 Jan 2001
By Rob Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Comparison to Depeche Mode is unavoidable, but I feel Camouflage has outgrown that influence and came into their own with this album. The infusion of ethnic mood/melodies, classical influences, and dark poetry is what makes this album a true beauty.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to recommend for the wayward new wave or goth collector 6 May 2000
By Kent David Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Camouflage were routinely dismissed by their US and UK detractors as prefabricated Depeche Mode with a darker twist. Their fans, of course, know the difference! Camouflage is commendable (and catch them at Synthstock, if you can!) because they weave such an unusual, sinister undercurrent into the sweetest of electronic songs. Anyone who likes Erasure (guilty pleasure :) or Xymox will feel right at home here. Granted, they're much more serious than Erasure ever was, but songs like One Fine Day and On Islands still find them overflowing with quirky, positive humor. For the more darkly inclined, Feeling Down is a goth club classic, and Sooner Than We Think and Les Rues are disturbing and hauntingly beautiful. You may not enjoy this throughout on the first listen - their experimental side leaves vast tracks of sonic wasteland, that, the first time through, you don't even notice are well-populated. But with time, you'll find that the simplicity of the songs is veiled in subtlety, and rewards each listen with more dark beauty. Plus, it's just flat-out fun. ;) PS - seek out their best work, Voices & Images, if you can.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We all live in a giant train station 13 July 2001
By "synthpopalooza" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great stuff. More polished than their previous work (which altho not bad, suffered alot from the group's poor English translations) ... "Love Is a Shield" is an obvious club dance number, but the lyrics and textures of this one make it special ... ok, it's a love song, but I happen to like em, ok? :-) ... The oddly named "Your Skinhead is the Dream" is a very dreamy synthy ballad with spoken words, and is simply relaxing.
But do you want to know the most poignant and interesting lyrics on this album? If so, bust out your French-English dictionary, and go to the track entitled "Les Rues" (The Streets) ... it's got odd musical textures, but the spoken lyrics in French are VERY alliterative, and (when translated) speak of our lives in the everyday world being analogous to a busy train station in the street, bustling with people. Of course, you'd have to speak fluent French to understand it but, having had someone translate it for me, it is all the more evocative.
Anyway ... this is quality material. If you collect darkwave or synthpop, this one is a must-have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent collection 22 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Methods of Silence" is deeply indebted to Depeche Mode's younger synth sound, but the album is well worth a listen. Several of the songs are amazingly catchy--"Anyone" and "Love Is a Shield" stand out. Some are just plain fun, like "On Islands," and others hint at more original ground. A personal favorite of mine is "Your Skinhead Is the Dream," a dreamy synth ballad. It's not DM, but it's close enough to be worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore album breaks away from standard sound 4 Feb 2014
By SRFireside - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Camouflage burst out into the music scene with their Voices and Images album with the help of their hit single The Great Commandment. That album was industrial 80's dance and filled with social commentary, powerful rhythms and driving synths. While many called Camouflage a Depeche Mode imitation many, many others recognize there is more to Camo's palette. Methods of Silence serves to further that thought with a sound that is very much different than the industrial driven power of their previous album while at the same time retaining the qualities that makes the band who they are.

Methods of Silence is still a 80's dance oriented album, but some variation has crept in. It's not all electronic drums and power synths this time. There are tracks with acoustic drums and guitars. The sonic palette for the band is expanding. And with that so does the music expand into levels more broad and creative than their last album. In a way Camouflage moved to a more contemporary sound in some tracks. Other tracks kept the edge and commentary that made them great. In the end you have a great combination that shows the band evolving into something more artistic and expressive.

There are a nice selection of tracks in Methods of Silence that go from uplifting contemporary to brooding and dark to practically avantgarde. Here are the more notable tracks:

One Find Day - A great title track that I swear uses the penultimate keyboard of that year, the Korg M1. Marcus' singing is very similar to Howard Jones so much that when I first heard the track I though he was a guest singer. It's the only time you will hear Marcus sing in this way, which makes this song a previous gem. It's uplifting. It's soothing. The textures in the song follow different paths while at the same time being cohesive.

Love is a Shield - This was a pretty big hit in Europe, but didn't get a lot of radio time in the U.S. and that's a shame. This is probably the song that most connects the new camouflage with the older one. It's a very synth driven track, but it has a lighter feel with a catchy chorus.

On Islands - I consider this a perfect contemporary song from the band. This cover tune from the band New Musik is peppy and uplifting with tons of metaphor in the lyrics. It's a kind of song that makes you want to get together with your friends and remember good times. It is also a perfect blend of acoustic guitar, drums and synths. This is the happiest song on the album.

Feeling Down - This is a song with attitude. Another signature song. The drums are performed live and are still lighter than the heavy gated rhythms of Voices and Images, however the impact is in no way lost. This is another song that lends itself to the classic Camouflage sound while touching onto new ideas.

A Picture of Life - This is a very dark song. A commentary on those forgotten. This may be the closest thing to their previous sound on the album. It's not a song to dance to, even if it has a lot of rhythm going for it. My only complaint is it's too short and could have used a particular break in the song more than once in my opinion. Still the song is emotional and driving and worth keeping in your list of angst driven tracks.

I can go on and on. ANYONE and SOONER THAN WE THINK have that bit of attitude post modern synth feel to it. YOUR SKINHEAD IS THE DREAM and LES RUES really go way out into the artistic realm (one beautifully and one industrially). Suffice it to say you have a very wide range of cool music in this album. As much as I loved Voices and Images I really do like this album better for all the different elements that make a more diverse style and sound.
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