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This is an enjoyable record. It is less 'Kraftwerk circa '77' than 'The Pleasures of Electricity' and is better for that. The tracks where a harder edge come into play such as the title track and 'Drive' work best with a smattering of cyber-punk almost perceptable.
Where I think the record lapses a tad is in some of the tracks such as 'sex video' and 'she robot' where I got the sense that someone had thrown in a few fillers. Even so, if you enjoy electro-pop/rock with references to the ground breaking electronic early-eighties records that have taken us to where we are now, then you will enjoy this record.
Last year's "The Pleasures of Electricity" (which I'll just refer to as TPOE) was a brilliant album in my opinion; retro electronica yet contemporary at the same time (yeah).... an album containing some great songs that never got the recognition they deserve.
Crash & Burn is really a progression from TPOE, minimal, often dancey electronica with a real energy and drive.
It's quite an accessible album, and given some good promotion, it could stand a chance of having a hit single. Every song has a mass of interesting, intriguing and often bizarre lyrics, which instantly bring a variety of images and atmospheres into the mind.
The album artwork is as good as ever - this particular package has a variety of black & white images in the booklet, which look like stills from 50s sci-fi b-movies... buildings, cars, hands, people, faces, places. Foxx has always used a variety of perfect and interesting images that seem to match his music so well. Here's a classic example.
Crash & Burn seems to revive that period from the late 70s / early 80s when a bunch of artists emerged, including Simple Minds, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk's work at the time and early Human League, all who produced such individual, often futuristic sounding music, some of which was way ahead of its time, and my some accounts, still is. Specially when you compare it to what else was around at the time.
This album has many tracks that would not sound out of place on a dancefloor. In fact, if it was given the chance I think people would love it. The opening number, "Drive" is certainly addictive, with its synth riffs and driving beat, not to mention its memorable lyrics. "Broken Furniture" has some pretty obscure lyrics, but another memorable and addictive tune.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having rediscovered John Foxx after listening to the fantastic 'From Trash', I purchased the earlier 'Crash and Burn'. Read morePublished on 15 May 2007 by Bascule
This certainly follows on perfectly from 2002's The Pleasures Of Electricity, but I feel it's not as consistent as it's predecessor. Read morePublished on 10 July 2006 by Coincidence Vs Fate