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Kraft-y-werk? You could say that!,
This review is from: A Secret Wish (Audio CD)
After hearing Duel on the radio & reading other people's reviews about A Secret Wish, I decided to make a purchase. Not the most convincing of foundations to justify making a purchase but I don't care because I'm glad I bought it!
This album in places reminds me of Kraftwerk because some of the tracks such as `Dream Within A Dream' and `Dr Mabuse' have an experimental feel to them - they're focused more towards the sound they create rather than lyrics and can last for quite a while with the longest track being `Dream Within A Dream' @ 8 minutes long. However, if you're worried the song you started playing at the beginning of the Autobahn will still be playing at the end of it, fear not because unlike Kraftwerk, the appeal to the mainstream is there for all to hear I think, and if their "experimental" material does not appeal to you, then I'm sure `Jewel', 'Duel' & 'P-Machinery' will - if you like synth-pop. Having listened to the Human League, Heaven 17 & New Order, A Secret Wish immediately stands out because of its industrial edge - it adds a different dimension to synth-pop which even today (over 20 years after it was released) sounds good and fresh.
I must admit I have bought albums on fragile foundations before (i.e. little or even no research into the albums' tracks) and sometimes it has been to my cost but like (and I will admit, luckily!) most albums I've bought this way, A Secret Wish has rewarded me. Satisfied? That's an understatement!