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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2002
I first encountered this band about eighteen months ago. I kept
reading about them on an electronic music newsgroup and thought
I'd find out more. Their website didn't give much away and I
was intrigued with the sound clips I downloaded.
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!
Al Ferrier
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on 6 December 2002
At first listening this seems like a rather odd mix of dancefloor sass and bedroom introspection, but after a few listens it evolves into a classy,shiny noughties-electro masterpiece.The sublime "Seventeen" is easily the best electro single of 2002 with the gorgeous Helen Marnie whispering over modern Kraftwerkian synths.
A few tracks are somewhat cumbersome but the progression from 604 is evident in the variety of sounds and song structures.
Recorded in the sunkissed nightmare of Los Angeles, this record fortunately reflects little of the vacuous Californian lifetsyle and is firmly set in modern Europa.
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