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Robot Rock
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Ronnie Martin and Jeff Cloud have concocted a sugery-sweet musical confection that makes me ache with adoration! This is PURE synth-pop. No computers, no drum machines, no samplers. Just two men and an army of exposed wires creating truely visual, simply beautiful, carefree songs. If you are an Erasure fan because of Vince Clarke - this will fit into your collection perfectly. Each track is so individual and meaningful that it's difficult to pick out one. 'Berry Patch', or 'Storybook Love' are the epitome of Joy Electric music in it's most definative state. The sweeping, arpeggiated beats, blips and beeps coupled with Ronnies innocent, faithful lyrics and vocals are fantastic and unmistakable. Wait until you hear '(We Are)Taking Over' and you will fully realize these boys talent. They not only make wonderful and catchy songs, they showcase their amazing gifts and show off (just a bit). I hope that every synth enthusiest gets the opportunity to listen to this very dynamic and original album.
Sincerely, Bill Talley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
With "Robot Rock", Ronnie Martin shows the rest of the world what it means to be an off-kilter musical genius searching for the beautiful things in life. Sugar Rush, Storybook Love, Forever Is A Place, The Berry Patch and Strawberry Heart are all joyful tunes bursting with childlike exuberance. Monosynth is a supremely melancholy cry to the world: "I could be so happy / If the world would not ignore me / In my place there will be stories / Of a boy who died in sorrow with his monosynth". After one listen to this song, even the star varsity defensive tackle will be crying girly-man tears of misanthropy. The Robot Beat and Taking Over are all odd, quirky paranoid little numbers (as if most of JE's songs weren't odd and quirky enough). The strongest cuts on this album would have to be Sugar Rush, Monosynth, Strawberry Heart and Berry Patch, though there isn't a weak link in all of this disc's ten tracks. Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2002
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I havent received my cd yet, but I already have most of the tracks on another cd thanks to [another website], But I already have three Joy Electric cd's they are SOOOO Awesome! They are very talented. It's entirely different than your average techno (its not annoyingly repetetive) And different from anything you have ever heard. I DEFINATELY reccomend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Joy Electric is my favorite group! And I love the tunes on this cd! Some songs on here are fast and has really good tunes on it. i like all the songs on here and not a single one on here or really slow. If you are a fan of JE you should get this cd! Check out there new one too!
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on August 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my least favorite Joy Electric album, but that by no means makes it a bad album. This one has a lot of energy with high speed techno beats, and happy electronic sounds that sometimes sound like an 80's atari game. Ronnie's vocals are high and happy, sounding a little different than the more depressed vocals of five stars for failure and we are the music makers. Forever is a place and strawberry heart are probably the two most catchy songs that slow down the pace a little. Some of the songs do start to sound pretty similar, but it's still a strong album. However, the melodies aren't as catchy as those on older albums or the newest Christiansongs. Still recommended, but try to check out other work first.
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on June 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ronnie Martin's increadible sound of techno music is superb. I love punk music, and I never thought I would ever listen to any kind of pop music, but when I heard Joy Electric's "Children of the Lord" (yes, they're a Christian band), I knew my outlook on music would change. Even though I still hate pop music, I will never stop listening to Joy Electric. Hey! If you have heard Joy Electric and like them, another good techno band is House of Wires.
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on April 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD. It is so different from the normal. I don't even really know what to call it. Everything about this CD is cool! The music, the way the singer sings, and the lyrics are all awesome. If you're looking for a band that is very different from the usual then buy Joy Electric. I also had the privilege of seeing these guys in concert and they put on an awesome show. My favorite song is "Taking Over".
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on December 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I really like Joy Electric, but as an overall release this is not thier best. My biggest problem with it is that many of the vocals are out of tune on the sharp side. Ronnie Martin's vocals have gotten quite a bit better in newer releases. There are two outstanding cuts here, "Monosynth" which may be there best song & "Forever is a place".
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on December 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If this is the face of Christian "electronica" then we've got a long way to go. Nothing more than a pale imitation of early Aphex Twin for the middle school youth group crowd. Has anyone noticed that every Joy Elecric song sounds the same? Let's hope their Plastiqmusiq label can find some artists with some real imagination.
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on February 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Only one word can describe this CD: HAPPY. "Robot Rock" is a great, fun-filled album from start to finish. There isn't a crummy song on the entire CD. Ronnie Martin and Jeff Cloud should be crowned kings of the world for a single day for their great work on this album. If you don't already own this CD, buy it now. Hurry!
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