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One of the best in the genre,
By A Customer
This review is from: First Album (Audio CD)
I first became aware of the 80s electro revival through the superb 'Kittenz and thee Glitz' CD by Felix Da Housecat. Which in itself was an album taking various influences from 80s electronic music and pop, and making it seem incredibly fresh. There isn't the same freshness about this CD, as there is a far darker European influence (particularly Kraftwerk), but there is still a huge amount of ideas that aren't simply retreads of 20 year old songs. What is more telling is that it seems positively vibrant in comparison with the majority of dance music that reached the charts (blippy bit, female vocals, blippy bit, you know the ones).
The CD starts off relatively low key with 'Life on MTV', but from then onwards you hit a steady stream of quality electro songs. Anyone familiar with the Felix Da Housecat CD will know the score with regards to Miss Kittin's spoken vocals. On the whole pretty monotone (which compliments this type of music superbly), only occasionally veering in to Euro breathiness on tracks like 'Flexibility'. The lyrics are pretty basic, but it's really not what Miss Kittin says, it's how she says it, and the vocal effects applied on some of the tracks.
It really is hard to pick out favourite songs (there's not a duff one on here), though I particularly like the swirling synths on 'Stock Exchange', the Euro sexiness of 'Flexibility', the harder 'L'homme dans L'ombre' and the almost darkwave equivalent to 'Popcorn', '1982'.
Darker than Felix Da Housecat, but equally as good. The biggest compliment I can give the Hacker is that he knows his way round a synth as much as any of the pioneers 20-25 years ago. Quality stuff.