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5.0 out of 5 stars
An Ideal life, 9 Aug. 2002
Trends come and go, but beautiful music has the ability to surprise and inspire the way only timeless records can do. I bought this album three years ago, but it has always managed to sneak back on to the cd player, just when you least expect it.
Tom Barman's reassuring vocals tell wickedly insightful stories about murder, lust, undeserving friendships, lost loves, non-confomity and hope. It is a record that can, and does, mean many different things, to many different people.
Take the anthemic 'Everybodys Weird,' an infusion of jazz and funk whoose rhythm captures and emotes. There's 'Sister Dew' whoose instrumental ending swallows up the entire song. Then there's 'Instand Street,' whoose optimistic lyrics and word play reverse the songs meaning, half way through the song. Just when you think dEUS are a rock, maybe indie band with a tendency for loud all consuming music, a song like 'The Magic Hour,' an enchantingly slow piano ballad will come along and surprise you.
dEUS, have been labelled many things from being an art school band, to well...freaks. But despite the numerous categories confused music journalists keep dumping them in to, dEUS, always escape these labels and are never afraid to try something new.
This is a beautifully layered album, where you discover more with every listen. The lyrics are more reminiscent of poetry than a song. With thought provoking/ ambiguous slogans like 'Amplify your Soul,' which you just want to nick and whack on a t-shirt, if only to confuse London Underground commuters.
Above all, this is an infectious record full of emotions. Its not afraid to show the seedy, trashy, kinky side of life along with the alluring love and hope it wishes for. Its about showing life as it is, not what it pretend to be.