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Front 242Audio CD
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The name Front 242 was derived primarily for its design possibilities, and the band themselves claimed that they were more influenced by architecture rather than by music. Front 242 employ the use of the most current technology available to keep their music fresh and up to date. The music isn't created as a way to convey a message, but rather serve as an observation of things around us. ... Read more in Amazon's Front 242 Store

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B00008XRY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. Seq666 - P
2. Seq666 - U
3. Seq666 - L
4. Seq666 - S
5. Seq666 - E
6. Together
7. Triple X Girlfriend
8. NoMore - NoMore
9. Beyond The Scale Of Comprehension
10. Song - Untitled
11. Song - StarCandy
12. One - With The Fire
13. One - Reverse
14. Matrix - OpenStatic
15. Matrix - MegaHertz
16. Never Lost - Faust
17. Never Lost - Riley
18. 7Rain Filter
19. Pan - One
20. Pan - Mink

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the pulse... April 19, 2005
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It has been ten years since Front 242 graced our ears with their infectious array of beat-driven electronic experimentation. As one of the purveyors of what is now known as EBM, 242 were at the forefront of the synthesizer revolution of the '80s. By the early '90s, the band started to run into some turmoils; the two vocalists didn't agree with the new direction the instrumentalists were taking. Instead, 242 started to incorporate a more layered approach, building ambience upon their old formula coupled with abrasive guitar textures, ultimately creating a more grating sound that put the band on par with their industrial counterparts. Over the next ten years, the members of 242 would pursue other projects, as well as revamping their older material for the Re:Boot tour that ran from '97 to '02. Some didn't agree with their more techno-fied reworkings of their classics, but in this day and age of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, Crystal Method, and other such electronic and industrial bands who have taken the technology to new lengths, 242's old sound is now obsolete. Many fans don't seem to understand this, but the band can not exist in this day and age sounding like they did in the '80s. Not only would it sound hacknyed and rehashed, but it would be unoriginal and not in line with the band's adventurous spirit. They've always been about taking things further and pushing the limits of what is possible musically and technically. The old sound is's time to move on.

So after ten years, Front 242 returns with an album of pure experimental synthesis. "Pulse" is an apt title, with the music still relying on a strong beat as the backbone. The difference now...the beats are more subdued, which may lead to some people feeling the music is too mellow for 242.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Brilliance December 5, 2003
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Like many die-hard Front 242 fans, I waited with sheer anticipation and excitement for the release of "Still & Raw" and "Pulse" this year. I mean, ten years is a LONG time to wait for your favourite band to return to the fold. But I didn't really have any expectations as to what it was going to sound like. Sure, Daniel and Patrick have ventured into more "electronic" territory as of late with Male or Female and their remixes of other artists as Grisha, but I knew that wouldn't alter their sonic philosophy TOO much when it comes to Front 242. IMHO, I was correct.
"Seq666" is a tour-de-force if ever there was one. It reminds me almost of "WYHIWYG" in its evolving and morphing sound over time, building and layer of rhythms and textures, and of course...the driving beats.
"Together" arrives like a rocket from 242 past with a brand-new metallic sheen, even employing those great bleeps from "Modern Angel" (one of my all-time favourite 242 songs) to great effect. This song makes you want to get up and move, due to its sheer majestic power and intensity. Jean-Luc's voice makes a welcome return to Front 242 territory, and it feels like he was never really gone after all when you hear him sing, "To belong, to be longing".
"Triple X Girlfriend" is another favourite of mine from the album. The subliminal "hums" in place of a bass-line, the skeletal beats, the sounds of raindrops in a sky lined with electric clouds, and more unmistakable brilliance from Jean-Luc in the vocal department make this one an instant classic in my view. Definitely a song percolating with sheer atmosphere.
It's true that Pulse is an album to be appreciated fully after repeated listens.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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My first review was short sighted.
When I first sat down and wrote my scathing review of Front 242's new album I will admit I was disappointed. I was expecting more of a mid-80's Front 242, still full of pounding youthful energy. I had heard that it was going to resemble some aspects of that decade's material. I really didn't know anything until I bought it to hear for myself.
I did something I rarely do, I acted without thinking. In this case I did that and I didn't really listen to work. Now I am back to eat some words and also redefine my perspective after hearing the songs over and over again.
Well, they are 'getting grey', but that isn't bad. In fact, within is a masterpiece -- drawing upon all the experiences and wisdom-- shining in two, new packages (also see Still and Raw). They have taken their brash sound and brought it to an easy listening level. Well, maybe it isn't even that. Perhaps it is more dynamic in its volume. I don't know - I am constantly thinking about it in different ways.
They have thrown in a decent culmination of potent wordsmithing. I prefer more songs with lyrics. I really like their lyrics. I think that may have also been why I didn't care for this CD at first, and it why I don't give it a 4 out of 5. I perceived it as having too much...
...TWEAKING. OH MY GOD: the tweaking in this is really top shelf! For purely production purposes I give this CD 6 out of 5. It is so well calculated that my brain is twitching. WOW! You just have to hear it to understand. Listen to 'Together' in it's entirety, you will know what I am talking about.
Do buy this CD. You can still read my initial review and compare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars they might be older, but not less agressive!
This is, in my opinion their darkest release yet. Boys show that, while they might grew older, they haven't lost any of their anger and rebellion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Matic
5.0 out of 5 stars slick, sophisticated, replayable
Very thoughtfully made electronic music. Damn smooth, subtle and inventive. Minimal techno cliches: no repetition without deviation or riffing, tasteful use of syncopation and... Read more
Published on June 12, 2008 by shog
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good
I bought this cd because of my long-lived affection for the Up Evil and Off discs. Even Official Version is quite good. This one falls a bit short of the mark, in my opinion. Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by Eric Dos Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
"Pulse" is Front 242's first album in 10 years, but unlike many of the other great electronic giants of the 80's, they haven't lost a bit of what made them great. Read more
Published on May 20, 2007 by The Pitiful Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulse PLus
I have every 12 inch from the early 242 days. Some might say that stuff wasn't listenable. 242 has always been rigid and I feel they've always been best at thumping the 4/4 i.e. Read more
Published on July 15, 2005 by Karzen X Glokken
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but Excellent...definitely 242
The style for this is a bit different from other Front 242 offerings. It's a bit more mellow in some areas...and focuses more on beats and atmosphere. Read more
Published on July 6, 2005 by SoulCatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
I would have to agree with the first reviewer that this album is mind blowing. When I first got it and popped it in the car I wasn't very impressed. Read more
Published on February 4, 2005 by J. Petruzzi
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience that just seems to grow and grow
When I first bought this album, I was thoroughly disappointed. Not because I thought the album was bad, but because I was expecting to hear more Headhunter esque songs, but with an... Read more
Published on October 14, 2004 by Stephen J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Run it through the filter, please
I find myself skipping most of this album. I didnt like male or female all that much and this sounds too much like that. Read more
Published on September 13, 2004 by Spectre
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what could have been...
The first major 242 EP without a stunning pop single, whose chorus gets stuck in your head. No 'Masterhit', nor a 'Don't Crash'...heck, not even an Operating Tracks! Read more
Published on March 2, 2004
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