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|1. Bad Timing|
|2. 7 days, 7 weeks|
|3. Stop-Start Nature|
|4. Include Me Out|
|5. The Real Sugar|
|6. Sun Ra|
|7. Nothing Really Ends|
|8. If You Don't Get What You Want|
|9. What We Talk About (When We Talk About Love)|
|10. Pocket Revolution|
|12. Cold Sun of Circumstance|
Is this a good album? It certainly is, with some great tunes and anthemic rock/pop songs that'll have you humming along and belting out the great chorus lines. There isn't a duff track on here. The trouble is that we have come to expect each dEUS release to be astonishingly good, something totally exhilerating that will take our breath away. The first 3 albums are such unique and well-crafted oddities, that they're likely to become rock classics in a decade or so, and this... this is just a really good rock album. Think of the more traditional tracks on 'In A Bar' and 'Ideal Crash' and you're in the right area.
Clearly getting on in years (in rock band terms), there is nothing here that has anything like the energy or originality we have seen from these crazy Belgians in the past. In fact, there is nothing remotely eccentric at any point on the album- no weird noises, unsettling feedback, startling chord changes or bizarro lyrics whatsoever. It's just rock music.
So while all of the songs on 'Pocket..' are well written and very catchy, there's only Tom's voice that signals it out distinctly as dEUS material and while this is still better than most other contemporary rock albums, we know that dEUS are capable of genius (albeit of a mad sort).
It's great to hear them back with such a good album, but it's a shame that the 'wow' factor seems to have passed. Let's hope that the next album is as well written, with a return to the experimental strangeness that always made them so fascinating.
The album opens with Bad Timing, a dEUS anthem in the making. It's a strong, vibrant song, that couldn't be from any other band. Starts slow, build up, it's powerfull and emotional, and just makes you shake your soul.
Unfortunetely not all the linup is as strong. My favourites are "If you don't get what you want" and "Sun Ra". The first is the frist single and has got some deep lyrics, always that had drawned me into teh dEUS universe. "Sun Ra" is a very strong, power filled music, with a alternative chorus and melody.
dEUS fans won't be disapointed. It's not as good as "In a bar under the sea" or even "The Ideal Crash", but it has got some 3 or 4 great songs on it, and the others complement the record.
In my view, just one more gret dEUS song is worth the all CD.
The guys are back!