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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff, 25 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Shape Of Things (Audio CD)
Love this album and great to see it getting such fantastic reviews too:

'From exultant motorik to giddy Depeche Mode-like synth pop to the macabre
'Talk', The Shape of Things is consistently absorbing, as good as any of
Foxx's early-80s benchmarks.' 4/5 Mojo

'He has never seemed so relevant, nor sounded so modern, as he does in 2012.
The Shape Of Things is, by some margin, Foxx's best album since Metamatic. '
[...]

'This is a record of utopias and dystopias, perfect synth pop. It's also an
entirely human record though: the common theme that emerges is one of
corrupted memories: failed relationships are visualised as futures that
never came, while even the most robotic of tunes feature traces of blue
skies and ocean.' 5/5 Artrocker

'With such an intense creative zeal at the moment, John Foxx is continuing from
strength to strength.' 5/5 DMC World

'By the power of JG Ballard's Roland Juno standing under an autobahn flyover
in Berlin in 1973 in the cold war rain wearing a fedora - it's a new John
Foxx album! Having gone through 360 degree electro rehabilitation recently
(with the help of East London analogue synth archivist Ben `Benge' Edwards)
Foxx has not only rescued himself from being a footnote of 80s night
nostalgia but has re-established himself as a synth pop artist of note and
proto hauntologist. More introspective but no less gripping than last year's
great Interplay.' 8/10 Vice Magazine

'The Shape Of Things is rooted in the classic electronic pop tradition but
sounds thrillingly contemporary.' FACT Magazine

'A retro-futurist show of bubbling electronics and dolorous laments.' 7/10
Uncut

'There's an aroma of Bowie's seminal Low here, especially on 'Unrecognised'
which comes fuelled by techno bubbles, striking synth lines and a
mournful vocal invoking loss. Another great LP from Foxx.' 4/5 Record
Collector '

'This is an album packed with proper tunes as well as atmosphere. Foxx's
vocals might sound as detached as ever, but he also demonstrates an ear for
an infectious melody on 'Tides' and the elegant 'Vapour Trails', which catch
him slotting neatly into a gap between Gary Numan and David Sylvian.
Electronic music, currently enjoying another resurgence, owes him a
considerable debt but it also feels eerily like an album very much about the
now rather than an album about the past.' 3/5 The Arts Desk

Over 30 years since his first excursions in the field, John Foxx is still at
the very top of his game; his collaboration with Benge and The Maths has
crystallised all that experience and craft into some particularly special
pop music.' 8/10 DIY

'The electronic pioneer shows how it's done. Foxx's talent for melody and
lyrics hasn't left him, and songs like the almost folky 'September Town'
and the stuttering waltz 'The Shadow Of His Former Self' are in a direct
line from 'Europe After The Rain' and 'The Quiet Men.' Anyone tempted by
recent electronic music and who wants to see it done by one of its
originators would be well advised to nip by here.' 7/10 Classic Rock

'Foxx is a man whose creative touch paper has been well and truly lit in
the last two years. The Shape Of Things is an incredibly assured piece of work,
machine-like in its execution but revealing a soulful, tender exterior that we do
not often seen from the former Ultravox man. It suits him well - and on this
evidence further rewards will soon follow.' 4/5 Musicomh. com

'The Shape Of Things is full of emotion, intensity and avant-garde twists.'
8/10 Hi-Fi Choice
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Initial post: 4 May 2012 17:38:09 BDT
D. Turner says:
Shame though, that it's packaged in a flaming awful digipak!
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