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Futureperfect

VNV NationAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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The first release by VNV Nation was the 12" vinyl single "Body Pulse," which was released in May of 1990. A second 12" single, called "Strength of Youth" followed in November of that same year. At the end of 1990, VNV Nation moved to Canada, where they were able to tour as a support act for the popular electronic dance act Nitzer Ebb. VNV Nation returned to Europe ... Read more in Amazon's VNV Nation Store

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  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B000062RB3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foreward
2. Epicentre
3. Electronaut
4. Liebestod
5. Holding On
6. Carbon
7. Genesis
8. Structure
9. Fearless
10. Ham
11. Beloved
12. Airships

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Perfect May 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If I could I wouldn't change a thing about this album! Although I'm quite a fanatic now 'Futureperfect' was my introduction to any kind of Industrial music. I downloaded "Beloved" from the Internet and the first time I heard that song I was positively floored! The words are somewhat melancholy but the bittersweet lyrics are interlaced with melodic EBM and passionate vocals by Ronan Harris and it is the best ballad I have yet to hear by any Industrial band. I tend to gravitate more toward female voxes but he's quickly become a preference of mine. In fact, just behind Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode he is my favorite male singer.
A lot of people associate Industrial music as being repetitious with no emotion but I can assure you that not all groups in this genre sound remotely close to that description. There are many feelings to be felt in VNV Nation's music. 'Futureperfect' doesn't even start with any type of dance beat. Lush string orchestrations open on "Foreword" with a powerful message spoken in English, German and then French (or at least I think) before diving into a pounding rhythm. There are plenty of hits here destined for the Gothic club scene but they truly shine their brightest on their slower numbers. "Holding On", for example, is a moving song and one of their strongest deliveries with gorgeous synth lines and piano chords mingling in with the ever-changing cadence (tempo). Many beautiful instruments can actually be heard throughout the elaborate sequences of this album but whatever your inclination there's enough here to keep any Industrial fan entranced.
From start to finish this record is a glorious triumph... There's no need for skipping tracks, that's for certain.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!
{FYI: VNV stands for "Victory Not Vengeance"}
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another electronica/industrial synth great album July 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Next to 'Empires', this CD 'Future Perfect' is a journey through electronica genius thanks to one very talented musician Ronan Harris who incidently does the lyrics and vocals for the music he mixes and produces to great quality and quantity. The songs are great dance rhythms or better yet chillout trance songs to lay down to. My favourite song of VNV is on this CD release and that song is probably the more industrial and moody song on the album 'Holding On'. This song explores the interlinked relationship we hold with each other and this fragile planet. The lyrics for this song is a standout. The songs 'Genesis' and 'Structure' carry the album with decent high pitched industrial synths. The last song 'Airships', ends the album with a moving tribute to the human race. Overall this album is a must for any fan of trance electronica or industrial music. These two genres are fused together very well here. Thanks Ronan for such a A+ album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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"Futureperfect" is one of those grand experiments that is destined to polarize fans, who will view it as either a masterpiece or an abject failure. In this case, I think it was a resounding success, albeit one with a few minor quibbles. Stylistically, this marks a departure from VNV's earlier albums in a way that's really hard to capture. Even though their work is essentially 100% electronic, their older albums always had the feeling that they were relics, antiquated. Starting with this album, everything is oriented towards the future instead of the past -- it sounds necessarily electronic rather than accidentally so. It's partly a shift from classical themes, like the recurrent themes of Rome on some of their older albums, to full-on modernity.

However, this album also sets up some unhappy legacies. For one, all of their subsequent releases are downhill from here, and largely because they all feel like they are in one way or another derivative of this album. Also, this album is really the catalyst that set off futurepop as a full-blown subgenre, which is an atrocity in and of itself. But to judge this album entirely based on its halfhearted imitators would be unfair, so we must examine it on its own merits.

The "intro" track is a panglossal admonition that is musically uninteresting. Perhaps it would have been better as just words without the backdrop? Even so, its message of universality is a little diminished by the fact that the message only repeats three languages -- all western, European ones at that. Feels a little contrived. I usually skip it.

"Epicentre" is really the prime mover, and move it does. This is a near-perfect blend of club sensibility, dramatic (but not drama-filled) lyrics, and excellent presentation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futureperfect a perfect sound with soul August 26, 2005
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This is one of the best music purchases I have made in a decade. VNV Nation has long been a hit overseas, and I thank my satellite radio for tuning them in to me. "Futureperfect" is one of the most artistically creative blends of poetry, synth, and technical editing in the genre of darkwave/alternative/industrial. VNV Nation doesn't fit perfectly into any of those categories, but instead, each song reflects a different category. The only constant in all songs is band founder Ronan Harris' compelling voice singing remarkable prose. A few songs on the CD are instrumental: One that is a pure classical strain, another trance-techno. Their creative blend of alternative sounds: An actual recording of Apollo 8 astronaut reading from Genesis, blended with uplifting techno and Harris' lyrics of man's inconquerable spirit is pure inspiration.

Another incredible aspect of this CD, is how every single song speaks of the future in some way, coinciding with the CD title. "Genesis" tells the hope for man's future through his brave outlook. The most memorable ballad, "Eternity" recalls a man telling his deceased love that even the pain of his lost love is a treasure because means he can still feel, and he's hopeful of the future because one day they'll be together again for eternity. In a world of music without meaning, or flat-out nihilism, VNV is a rare find.

Some of the synth work is remeniscent of very early Depheche Mode, but the blending of sounds and poetry, along with the tracks of piano music and then pure, danceable techno is all VNV's.

Since I purchased "Futureperfect," every single person who hears it has demanded a copy. I am happy to say that it was not a fluke, I have just purchased "Matter & Form" (2005) and unlike most groups and singers, VNV sticks with what works. They can count at least 7 new fans since my purchase of "Futureperfect" alone. You don't even have to like techno or darkwave to appreciate the perfection of this group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victory Not Vengeance!
What's not to love? It's wonderful electronica with a message you can get behind. Also, "Beloved" is one of the best love songs ever. Just sayin'.
Published 15 months ago by Dean Neilly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Futurepop "Concept"-Album
I remember how "Epicentre" was the song that got me into this band and constantly playing it everywhere I went, driving. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by riffmatik82
5.0 out of 5 stars Always been in the lineup
So here's the quick version. Not too many people make 'albums' anymore, they make 'singles' and write a bunch of crud around it. Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Adam G Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars future would look closer to perfect with more albums like this
this is my favorite VNV NATION album- and quite easily- even though they have three albums i'd give 4+ stars. Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by A. J. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection both Future and Past
I can't imagine what personal failings would lead anyone to give this CD one star. It was and is the finest example of Industrial/EBM/Gothic music. Read more
Published on July 9, 2008 by Michael J. Casteel
1.0 out of 5 stars What a stinker
Some people are fans and fair enough, but this is boring droll , uninspired........... as uninspired as this review.
Published on April 6, 2008 by C. W. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal Xanax
What can be said that the others haven't? They did a great job, but I'll repeat what they've said anyway: "Futureperfect" is just a beautiful album. Read more
Published on June 9, 2007 by Zen Station
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!
The whole album is stellar, but my favorite hs to be Electronaut. The rythm and beat are mesmerising, and every time I finish listening to it I yearn to hear it again. Read more
Published on April 24, 2007 by Paul Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Sure, I'll give it 4...
Futureperfect is a mixed bag of really cool and not-so-really cool ebm/future-pop tunes. But the really cool tunes make it hard not to buy, and out-number the not so cool. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by ebmAddikt
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless sophistocation and emotional ressonance
i absolutely love this group. and this album. the lyrics are amazing. tinged with every conceivable emotion and weaving an endless and often devasting tapestry so wrought with the... Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by Mariam Babayan
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