I caught a live performance by dEUS on late night TV whilst channel surfing in 1996 - They were fantastic. I bought this album the next day and I still listen to it even now. I am reviewing this album because it has been part of my life for so long.
Describing dEUS isn't easy. There are shades of everything from art-rock to hip-hop, jazz and raucous punk, but comparing dEUS to these stereotypical genres hardly does them justice. Put simply - dEUS are very unique. Nothing stays the same for long and the music is consistently engaging and emotional - There are no fillers on this album.
When you first hear 'In A Bar, Under the Sea' it's hard to understand why dEUS are not hugely famous - The music is that good. The songs on this record are varied, exceptionally well written and successfully experimental without being self-indulgent. The music is performed with passion. It's also an album you can listen to from beginning to end without skipping anything. It flows very effectively.
If you haven't heard the band before, find 'Little Arithmetics' or 'Theme From Turnpike'. Both songs are stand-out tracks from this release and they represent just two of the many different musical flavours on offer.