Classy, perfectly balanced electro-pop - NOT an 80s sell-out!,
This review is from: Alright On Top (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums that I keep going back to over and over. There's a fascinating contrast between the melancholic and indie-sounding vocals with the pounding synths. It's got a very particular mood- it's sad but it's determined. The balance works really, really well.
Yes it is a pop album, but it's a classy and original take on pop music. Other reviewers have said this album is "80s influenced", though I reckon it's more electroclash influenced. The sound has more to do with Digitalism or Tiefschwarz than with anything from 20 years ago. Calling it "1980s-style" really does an injustice to Slater's trademark rich production. I reckon this album might be ahead of its time, rather than behind.
If you can find it, it's worth getting the Australian edition of this CD, which comes with a 9-track bonus disc including all the B-sides from the CD singles, and remixes from Felix Da Housecat, Rennie Pilgrem, Jon Carter and others.