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This review is from: Tromatic Reflexxions (Audio CD)
Firstly I should make the reader aware that this album was firstly made aware to me from
The combination of (the legendary) Mark E. Smith and Mouse on Mars, to create Von Sudenfed, is exceptionally confident in it's lyricism and bold in its sound. This should be expected when looking at the two entities separately, however, what is not expected from the listener is the sheer force sound and diversification of lyrics combining to constitute a hugely unique album.
I personally am not the largest fan of electronic music, however this has paved a way for numerous other electronic-based albums which have made their way into my music collection hosting an array of genres. Thumping electronic beats and masterly crafted lyrics & vocals lend a hand to a wonderful wall of sound. It is quite remarkable how Mr Smiths voice blends perfectly with the well-crafted electronic beats. There are two 'types' of Mark E. Smith vocals on this album. Firstly there are the vocals which are focused (it seems) solely on the sound and less on the lyricism (as evident on Serious Brainskin) and there are those which are drawn towards Mr Smiths trademark, master-crafted, lyrics (as is evident in That Sound Wiped).
It is further evident that the inspired collaboration had fun with the creation of the album with rants & raves blending with the well-produced beats, this is particularly evident in the track 'Chicken Yiamas', one of the most hilarious tracks I've heard in a long long time.
Personal stand-out tracks are:
Fledermaus Can't Get It
That Sound Wiped (possibly the album at its prime, the mixture of a funky electronic beat and Mark's wonderful lyrics, very reminiscent of a electronically produced 'Blindness').
I'd highly recommend this album to Fall fans, general electronic fans and those looking to diversify their music collection. Tromatic Reflexxions is yet another example of how 'mainstream' music does not constitute quality music.
4* album **** .