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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Metro
  • ASIN: B000025OZT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Voices and Images was the debut album of Camouflage, and already one of their best in years before the release of the likes of Sensor to achieve this original greatness again.

It has all the ingredients of a decent synthpop album: catchy synth hooks, bubbling basslines, snappy drum programming and some semi-political concerned lyrics.
Some say, Camouflage is just a clone of Depeche Mode. While this may hold true for certain tracks (at least on their debut), it doesn't do the band justice in their whole (and already on this debut there are tracks that sound totally unlike Depeche Mode).

Will not give a song-by-song run-down. Only mention the best or most remarkable tracks.

"That Smiling" Face already doesn't sound too much like Depeche Mode. Musically it's quite simplistic and repetitive (borrowing from the likes of Kraftwerk or YMO), while the vocals are sung out with a whole heart.

"Neighbours" is the song where the influence from Depeche Mode seems the most obvious (e.g. listen to "New Dress" for comparison). It's lyrics are semi-political (quite angry,) and the music indeed very Depeche Mode, which is a good thing (using a great band like Depeche Mode as a primary influence, you can't go any wrong, they're not some cookie-cutter band after all).

"The Great Commandment" was the first and most successful single from the album, and granted the band their first (and in some cases only) hit in quite a number of countries. It contains all the ingredients of a typical Camouflage song from that era: driving, propelling basslines, a snappily programmed drumbeat (with some nice breaks and effects), a catchy lead-synthhook, and those typically concerned, semi-political lyrics.
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Excellent 1st album from a very under-rated band from Germany. I originally got this whilst living in Berlin in late 80's but much better now remastered. There are Depeche Mode influences there but they have their own character. Very big group in Germany.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Solid 80's Techno 21 Feb. 2005
By SRFireside - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A lot of people jibe about how Camouflage just tries to be like Depeche Mode. While Camouflage's sound can only be described as DM-esque this album has a very different sound than that of DM if you stop to really listen to more than just effect. That being said if you had to compare Depeche Mode would still be the superior songwriters, however Camouflage has a style and structure that sets them apart from their apparent peers. This music I suppose can be called industial/techno, however it's a bit lighter than the hard-edged industrial groups of the day like Bigod 20, Nitzer Ebb or Ministry. So yeah... Depeche Mode kind of industrial/techno.

Voices and Images probably is their most well defined album in regards to the genre. The music is straight electronic of that day and anybody who's into that genre can appreciate this album. The beats are solid and punchy. The synths are a combination of hard syncopation and breathy voxes. The lyrics are thoughful and have an edge of social commentary on them. No superficial lyrics or fluffy love songs in here, but that's a good. It's always refreshing to broaden your scope.

Anybody who clubbed in the late 80's knows THE GREAT COMMANDMENT. Definitely a great song that epitomizes the Voices and Images sound. While I find many times the "hits" of an artist aren't always their best work I would be hard pressed to say that here. TGC combines a tight beat with opposing bass lines and the Camouflage "vox" sound along with those lyrics I mentioned. Probably the best representation of the band.

THAT SMILING FACE is a very nice song that's laid back as well as dancey. This one was also considered a hit in Europe, but I don't recall ever hearing it broadcast in the states (much to my chagrin). The CD version is a little different from the cassette/vinyl version as they add some record static at the beginning along with a giggle from Marcus (apparently they enjoyed going to digital).

STRANGER THOUGHTS is a really good song too. The beat gets broken up and sparse during the verses but the way it all falls together in the choruses really give this song a lot of energy. I consider the chorus of this song the best in the album... something you'll either want to sing along with or just soak up.

WINNER TAKES NOTHING is a great song in a wierd way. It has a freaked out Eastern sound to it and the beat seems to go all over the place, but you can still dance to it. This song might not be for everybody due to it's... um... originality. But man. What a ride!

MUSIC FOR BALLERINAS and I ONCE HAD A DREAM are really nice, laid back songs. BALLERINAS is more uplifting and ambient. Something to watch a sunset by. DREAM is more like an industrial sad song done in an industrial waltz pattern. I know that sounds odd, but trust me. It works. Both are good songs.

POMPEJI is another bonus that was never on vinyl or cassette. It was actually a B-Side for The Great Commandment 12" remix album. It's moody like I ONCE HAD A DREAM, but much more brooding and dark. It's also the most ambient track on the CD. A definite treat in my book.

The songs I didn't mention range between "still pretty good" to "just okay" in my opinion. THEY CATCH SECRETS is probably the least of the songs. I think it was a B-side for That Smiling Face 12", but I can't be sure. Anyway if you liked The Great Commandment back in the 80's then you'll love this album. If you like that classic industrial/techno sound similar to Depeche Mode this is also a winner for you too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
88, a great year for music 1 Nov. 2005
By Philip Fleischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recently listened to this album out of curiosity for the first time, not knowing what to expect. It was recommended to me for being a DM fan. I was BLOWN AWAY! I love this CD!

In my opinion, it's everything good music shoud be.

Poetic, Artistic, political, mysterious and all delivered in a sleek, cool, ambiguous package. Anyone who likes new wave or electronic definitely has to add this to their collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Signature Dark Synth Sound 28 Mar. 2004
By SandmanVI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You'll hear and read Camouflage referenced quite often. And for good reason too. While some will call Camo a DM ripoff this is not completely true. Sure there are obvious similarities but this album will make you realize that Camo probably got a little darker than DM usually liked to go up to that point in time (although that changed later on DM's masterful 'Black Celebration'). I also think that this German act had a sound that would dominate you more than Depeche or Erasure ever did. The monumental "The Great Commandment" just seems to take control of your body and force you to pump your feet. This actually was a harbinger of what would later become electro industrial which is where this song would likely be categorized if it were released today. TGC is obviously the main reason to own this album thouhg there are some other solid songs along with some weak ones.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WHAT A DEBUT! 7 Nov. 2001
By R. Toomey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For a group just starting out this was an amazing debut record. I was first introduced to Camouflage after hearing the song "The Great Commandment" on none other than MTV. I went out and bought the album and was astonished. There have so many times when a band will put out one album in their career and not ever produce anything else after. In the case of Camouflage, though they were never very big here in the U.S.A., they put out three more albums after "Voices and Images". Camouflage do much collaborating with other fellow Germans known as TELEX. Three guys; Marcus Meyn, Oliver Kreyssig and Heiko Maile with a great synth sound. My favorite track on this album is "That Smiling Face" which leads off the album. Some other fantastic songs on here are the message sending "Helpless Helpless", the controversial "Neighbours" the haunting "I Once Had A Dream" and of course the BIG hit "The Great Commandment". When you listen to this album beginning to end you definitely feel satisfied with the musical results. Check out their second album also entitled "Methods Of Silence".
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
****** 8 May 2005
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD

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