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3.5 out of 5 stars
Northern Lights [Us Import]
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on 11 November 2002
With Northern Lights, Covenant has further perfected their
sound. If you have no clue about what kind of band Covenant
is, it's probably best to explain them this way: if you are
into Depeche Mode and electronic music ("goth-synth-popish"),
Covenant is *the* band for you.
Northern Lights is very nicely put together. It starts off
with a three upbeat tracks that are destined to become classics
("monochrome" [from where my review title was taken],
"call the ships to port", and "bullet"), continues with
a ballad ("invisible & silent"), then goes through a phase
of more hardcore electronic, groove-based songs before
doing a perfect round-off with a laid-back groove-ballad.
A perfect example of why one should buy albums and not hit
collections.
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on 14 November 2007
This UK (Sony) release of "Northern Light" is useless if you like to listen to music on your computer, because it is "protected" with Key2Audio: the disc contains deliberately corrupted data to stop it from playing in computer CD-ROM drives. (In fact, because of this corrupted format, they were forbidden from putting the Compact Disc logo on the packaging, and Amazon should not list it as a CD.) Luckily you can get hold of this Covenant album as an uncorrupted US release (on Metropolis Records).
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on 2 November 2009
After the success of 'United States of Mind' Covenant delivered 'Northern Light', a masterpiece in brooding synth pop. Their first and only release on Sony Records, the gloss and polish of a major release sets it apart from their peers, it is a joy to listen to. Never has their songwriting been stronger, there simply isn't a weak track on this album and a rarity in the random play generation, it works magnificently as a whole album. There are few albums that are equally at home as a listening experience as they are being played to a club dancefloor but Northern Light bridges the divide with consummate ease.

Opening with Monochrome, Eskil Simmonson's familiar plaintive vocals over a rolling Moog bass, the anthemic Call the Ships to Port, through to crystaline beats of Bullet, glacial downbeats and childlike choirs of Invisible & Silent, you are struck by how varied an album in terms of songwriting but yet how cohesive each track sounds in connection with each other. There is a certain retrospective sound to the synths, back to the days of the synthesiser luminaries such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Vangelis, but brought up to date and segued perfectly with modern production.

We Stand Alone is perhaps the closest connection to the sound of previous albums with it's up-tempo arpeggios and trance like leads but it still meshes perfectly within the mature and refined sound of the album. Rising Sun follows with it's writhing almost Leftfield like bassline, demonstrating the breadth of styles across the album while maintaining the restrained sound palette that makes the album sound so clean, so glacial and futuristic. It's the sound of a pristine dystopia, chrome and blinding white.

As an album it stands as a master work of the genre.
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on 30 April 2003
after hearing their last album "united states of mind" i was rather concerned about what the future held for the swedish synth popers,but it seems now my mind is at rest.dont get me wrong "united states of mind"is enjoyable enough,but it was missing so many things which "northern light" has definetly made up for! on northern light covenant have finally mastered how to make exellent downbeat songs which come in the form of "invisible & silent,"prometheus" & "rising sun"their are also two exellent club worthy tracks here too "call the ships to port" and "we stand alone"as well as the exellent ,midpaced,cathcy synthpop of "monochrome" "bullet" and "winter comes" ok so the rest of the album is filled with a little rubbish,but on a whole the beats are hard,the melodies cathcy,the lyrics are strong and eskils voice sounds better and more powerful than ever! im not saying "northern light will appeal to all covenant fans,hardcore fans of there early work may not find it dark enough but fans of covenants previous albums such as "europa" and "united states of mind" will love it! quality,dark,dancy synthpop at its very best!
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on 2 September 2011
Got this as an import to avoid the copy protected version but it was on the sony label not metropolis and would not play in the media player.Read one of the links that advised using itunes and this worked.Dont know what way to describe this type of music as it has a bit of everything,from kraftwerk to something more recent.I will go for synthpop although some songs are a bit like trance.As with album united states of mind Some songs are a bit hit and miss but i cant stop playing tracks (bullet) with its great electronic bass line and (we stand alone) with its echoing drumbeat,a song that will fit into any dance club.This is only my first day of listening and i like it already.
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on 26 April 2013
This is the first album I've bought by Covenant and must admit I was expecting a little but more from them based on recommendations from friends.

In a nut shell not bad, just not Epic....
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on 29 December 2009
This is just a great cd. It gave me a nice rush and was well worth the money I spent on it.
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on 11 September 2015
Great, love it, another great CD from an amazing band
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on 1 February 2012
This is not an audio CD. Do not order this stuff, it will not play on all devices (incl. PCs) due to copy protection.
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on 14 May 2015
:)
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