9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
FEARLESS GOES LO-FI AND INSTRUMENTAL,
This review is from: Satans Circus (Audio CD)
The Guardian concluded that 'casual listeners should say nein' to this album. It is a harsh but kinda fair assessment. Death In Vegas have made a reputation out of collaborating with big rock artists (Liam Gallagher, Bobby Gillespie, Mazzy Star) and for producing commercial-friendly pop anthems (Dirge, Aisha). This fourth studio album goes back to the dance/electronica days of Dead Elvis. It's a pure instrumental record and no high-profile vocals and collaborations are to be found.
Instead, there's a definite Kraftwerk theme littered across the album and tracks like 'Kontroll' and 'Eine Fur Die Damen' more than hint at the electro influences of the classic German band. They sound pleasant and catchy enough but in a more slow-burning style rather than the block-rocking style of 'Death Threat'. 'Heil Xanax' starts with haunting vocal effects before an infectious bassline kicks in. It's all quite lo-fi and simple but Fearless's musical genius qualities are obvious throughout the album. Parts of the record really did make mine spine tingle.
There's enough pleasant guitar and organ hooks littered across the record; 'Sons of Rother' starts of with basic synths, followed by live drums and a head-bopping melody runs throughout the track with smatterings of knob-twiddlings. Like I said, it's simple and fairly laid-back. 'Candy McKensie' is a bit more haunting and live instruments (bass, drums, pianos) are used to create a beautiful piece of music.
Yet the highlight is the epic 'Anita Berber' where subtle indie guitars slowly build up throughout and isn't dissimilar to '68 Balcony' on the first album. It's not a particularly accessible for those looking for quick and cheap music thrills. Fearless opts for a more sophisticated and subtle sound and Death In Vegas fans will truly appreciated this stripped organic album. The album maybe not for the 'casual listener' but a must for those who are familiar with Fearless's work.
A few words about the live album: it does need to be played fairly loud and the live versions of the tracks are pretty innovative. Highlights include the indie-spangled Leather/Girls, the psychadelic 'Flying' and the high-energy funk ditty 'Rekkit'.