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on 30 March 2002
I was really looking forward to getting this album after hearing 'Extensive Care' on the radio, but I was a bit dissapointed by it.Tracks like Phostograft and Extensive Care are brilliant, developing a stripped down synth sound which is really original, unlike the kind of pseudo-80s pop stuff produced by groups like Ladytron and FischerSpooner.But most of the rest of the album sounds like demos, or tracks they made in half an hour when they were bored (Lady Dragon Slayer?).Its ok, and interesting in some places-Flying Terrible Walrus sounds a bit like Basement Jaxx-but its not very listenable, or particularly good.Worth getting for Extensive Care alone, but not a great album.I'd quite like to see what they do next though.
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on 27 February 2002
If you're keen on black shades, shart suits with needle slim ties and being seen to be ice cabinet cool BUT at the same time like to make a statement on the dancefloor - then heres the album for you! Desmond Blackmore and Veronica Woode have harnessed all the elements of the 80s synth sound prevalent in Felix Da Housecat's recent album, and in Ladytron, and various eteceteras, and made it sexual and provocative and DJ friendly. Not as sassy as Felix, not as Art School as Ladytron. But with tracks like 'Photographt' the duo tap an almost funky vein of reticient New Wave-like beats. This is an album that will mark you out amongst the cutthroat fashionable, despite titles like 'journeying to Grob'. Crossover add a pearlescent lustre to the impenetrable Raybans of synth cool, 'Fantasmo' is a standout album.
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