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This review is from: Micro-phonies (Audio CD)
This came out at the beginning of their generally fairly dull 'middle period', and suffers from being a bit too minimalist for its own good - most of the tracks consist of the title, sung repeatedly over a very dated drum machine. BUT, and this is quite important, for this price it's worth it for the excellent 12" mix of 'Sensoria' and 'Do Right', which were their two closest brushes with chart fame. Both songs (they are very similar and use similar samples) sound like a crossing-point between New Order, the Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode, and given that they come from 1984 they're very much ahead of their time (the stuttery samples became a cliche in the hands of other artists, such as Paul Hardcastle). Of the rest, 'Theme from Earthshaker' and 'Digital Rasta' are the standouts, but there's a lot of filler.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2011 21:21:23 BDT
Cabaret Voltaire did not have a 'dull middle period', and this album cannot be described as 'minimalist'. The drum machine does not sound remotely dated. As I write this, I'm listening to `Blue Heat' and thinking just how refreshing the drum sound is compared to many used today. If anything Cabaret Voltaire were the originators of this genre, this album being an organic development from their earlier more experimental work. This album is more focussed and rounded than the preceding `The Crackdown', but the ideas it contained were certainly taken up a few gears in the brilliantly articulated `The Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord' album which followed. Far from being dull, this trio of albums sees a band developing ideas and executing interesting material in a progressive and ever more sophisticated and dynamic way. Far from following the acts listed in this review, Cabaret Voltaire were setting the agenda. As far as I can hear, there was very little filler, in a career that always sought to present something pertinent and interesting in the time the albums were made.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2013 21:09:00 GMT
EPM Collective says:
How are these stand-alone reissues packaged?
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