A New Visage for Luke Slater,
By A Customer
This review is from: Alright On Top (Audio CD)
This is Luke Slater's first release on Mute (previous outings being on the sister label NovaMute). This is the first signal that things are going to be taking a more commercial slant.
With 'Alright on Top', Slater has made an album of songs, employing Ricky Barrow (The Aloof) to deliver the 80s-influenced collection with a nonchalently soulful, yet sometimes atonal quality, not too far away from Bernard Sumner at his best.
This album is certainly a nostaligia trip for Slater. It feels as though he plundered his record collection, dragging out The Human League's 'Travelogue' (remember Being Boiled anyone?), Gary Numan's 'The Pleasure Principle' and Depeche Mode's 'Speak and Spell' as good starting points to recreate those things that really were good about that decade. Of course he has added his trademark relentlessly pounding beats but packaged them this time with a more friendly feel that have become the selling points for acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx.
Putting all of this together, and getting over the inital shock of this change of direction (albeit temporary I would suspect), it works for me. Sure, there are a few moments where he slightly over-eggs it all, but on the whole, it is a very confident stride away from fans of the mighty 'All Exhale' from 'Wireless'.
Get your Steve Strange make-up out and enjoy.