on 11 March 2004
I first noticed this CD because of it's sleeve; which is a complete rip off of the sleeve for 'Pet Shop Boys - Release'. Then in a strange coincidence, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys actually recommended this album and I decided to buy it for a very reasonable price. This album is so beautiful, it actually enhances your life and makes you feel uplifted. Hecker's vocal style is hauntingly similiar to Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley and could even be compared to Morten Harket of A-Ha. The music style is slow and mainly guitar/piano based, a bit like Coldplay before they became U2 Style sell-outs. There are variations on that sound, with 'Daylight' sounding a bit like Pet Shop Boys and 'My love for you is insane' embracing Drum and Bass. It is a lengthy album with four songs lasting over 6 minutes, but one that is certainly worthy of your attention.
on 18 January 2004
...is what this album is. Fragile, melodic, pale but not fey, it's a huge leap from Hecker's first offering, "Infinite Love Songs". If whoever releases this album in the UK bothers to listen to it, they might even realise that track 3, "That's what you do", could even be a hit! And a lot of bored Coldplay fans might get to find an exquisite alternative from Germany. Which would be nice.
on 4 May 2005
Mr Heckers 2nd album is very good indeed. Not quite as good as the debut 'Infinite Love Songs' which was heart-stoppingly beautiful. A hard act to follow. Nonetheless this is an album full of more exquisite songs of love and longing. And I love the fact that a mainstream artist such as PSB cites Mr Hecker as an influence and even goes so far as to base their subsequent album cover on ROSE (so named because of the final track Rose) but with a twise, a Tulip instead of a Rose.
on 20 July 2003
The trees are naked, embracing, their branches providing poor shelter to the wind. The snow is
falling, silently embroidering it's comforting blanket across the ground. A lone skater graces elegantly across the ice: "Rose" is a winter gala of an album.
The opener, "Kate Moss", reveals her to be a frosty queen, who, if her heart hasn't melted by
the completion of this record, deserves her suspended state in the tundra.
Maximillian Hecker is German (no surprises there), and his Berlin cabaret of stark imagery nestles quite easily within the camp of say a uber Thom Yorke. Hecker's voice is cool and breathy, a misty resonance that rises to the grey sky. Not depressing, but timeless and evocative. My favourite track, "Fool", may start off very Travis-lite with it's rhythymic acoustic guitar, but it opens up into a musical box treat, ornate and brittle, but oh so perfect.....
Throw in elements of romantic electronica ("My Love For You Is Insane"), discordant noise ("My Friends"), windswept balladry ("Never-Ending Days"), and a blissed-out title track where the gorgeous piano, acoustic guitar and synth washes get bruisefully beaten by the sonic guitar attack at the end, you have an album which just about wrings you through every emotion and leaves you dry until you want to go back for more.
I've always liked rolling in the snow,,,,