The interesting story behind its record is that it was banned in Germany after the issueing of a couple of hundred copies. The reason? The use of the Nazi swastika on the original artwork, despite its anti-fascist context ( illegial in all cases). One thing that can be said is that it did pave the second issue of this work of a very contraversial artist. Anyone familiar with CD2 on Empire's "Intelligance and Sacrifice" album will know how successful Empire is with sonics. However, in the case of this record, they are used to opposite effect, Instead of the chlostrophobia on CD2, "Generation" is a rapid that spiralls through distortion into a cleaner effect. Yet equally intense. This is an artist that is known for razor adge vocals, such as from his band Atari Teenage Riot one minute, and then visionary audion landscapes the next. It is what makes him impressive, and the testing of musical boundaries has never betrayed him. "Generation Star Wars", featuring the likes of "Sonyprostitues", can be seen as a voiceless experimentation, the result of what mutated instumentals on synths can, and should, be like. A brave and engaging record, it shows Empire's competencey as an artist that has brought so much to his genre.
It's good, this one. But not great. A little unfocussed, a little too long, a little samey.
Alec Empire makes incredible soundscapes, there's no denying. I'm a fan. But this one has me in two minds - there are some extraordinary tracks such as the heavy driving thud and dark ambience of "Maschinenvolk" but there's equally a lot of tat, like the noise collagey "N.Y. Summer 1."
There is an early Warp feel about the music, and though I loathe the term "dated" when referring to any kind of music ( how DARE something sound like the time it was made in!!! etc ) the sound is very of it's time, slightly cheap and cluttered. It also has the feel of a compilation as opposed to a flowing album.
When it works, it works. When it doesn't, it drags. It's still worth a listen though.
Alec Empire is a genius. From the nosebleed thumping of 'Stall And Blausaure' to the more ambient '13465' and 'Pussy Heroin' and even the cheesy(in a good way)' Sony Prostitutes', this CD is amazing. The sound is more refined than some of the ATR stuff from earlier in his career, but still in electronicly haevy, if you know what I mean. I've only one more thing to say about this disk. Press 'add to trolly now.