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Spectre

Laibach Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00GO55Q4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Whistleblowers
2. No History
3. Eat Liver!
4. Americana
5. We Are Millions And Millions Are One
6. Eurovision
7. Walk With Me
8. Bossanova
9. Resistance Is Futile
10. Koran

Editorial Reviews

Spectre is Laibach's first studio album since 2006's Volk, and the follow up the original sound track for Iron Sky (dir. Timo Vuorensola, 2012) and Reproduction Prohibited, a collection of Laibach's interpretations of songs.

The new album sees Laibach once again 're-inventing' itself in a newly born, yet polished and solid formation. And, as is now their custom, Laibach calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology.
With Spectre, Laibach has created a big, important and almost dangerous step forward; it seems that this time the band has fatally crossed the Rubicon. On this album the group which has never defined itself politically, but has, nevertheless, constantly analyzed politics through its work comes across as politically engaged as never before. Spectre sounds like a political manifesto manifest in poetic form, titles and lyrics couldn't be more direct. With these lyrics and songs, Laibach, who has always given a controversial impression or an impression of controversy especially in terms of its political orientation, is now very clearly taking a position on the political spectrum and probably irreversibly abolishing its own (to some extent quite comfortable) political 'freedom' and neutrality.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A New Album! March 30, 2014
By Grizzly
Format:Audio CD
So, Laibach have finally released a new album. After taking a detour with their last album “Kunst der Fuge” and the Iron Sky soundtrack, they have returned to a more normal song-oriented style, which is pretty much where they left off with “Volk.” Here is a track-by-track breakdown.

1. “The Whistleblowers”

This song has your standard Laibachian martial beats and choruses, and some orchestral bits reminiscent of Opus Dei, along with quite a bit of whistling. This song is a much friendlier version of Laibach; if it didn’t have Milan Fras singing, it would be perfectly appropriate in a fourth-grade class musical. Strangely, Milan Fras sounds like he is out of breath the whole time, like he has emphysema. Its not a bad song, but its nothing outstanding.

2. “No History”

This has a very stuttering beat, with Milan Fras and Mina Spiler going back and forth on vocals. Lots of cool sound effects, and a somewhat harsh sound that still sounds kind of slick due to a very high-quality production. This is basically Laibach doing dubstep. Its an interesting song, but if it weren’t for Milan you wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from all the other dubstep out there today. This song is in the same general musical style as “Volk.”

3. “Eat Liver”

This is a very up-tempo song with a simple beat, and with Mina Spiler on vocals. This sounds like a DAF song but with a modern slick production and Laibach’s slick sound effects, and quick snippets of Laibachian orchestra to provide melody. Laibach previously covered the DAF song “Alle Gegen Alle” on their album “Nato.” This is a very catchy song, but its hard to keep from laughing with Mina singing “LIVER! LIVER! LIVER! We get to take your liver!
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Regarding the editorial review for this unequaled artist group, the writer of that editorial is obviously some prejudiced conservative American who is dreaming the idea that somehow Laibach has damaged its existence with the publication of this album. Hint: Go to YouTube and look up the Speech in Seattle in '04 ... you will see where this attitude is coming from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new album March 28, 2014
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While I prefer most of Laibach's older works (Kapital, Laibach, Nova Akropola etc) I was pretty pleased to see that some of the sounds in this new album do call back to some of their previous work, many sections of it having a distinctly Kapital feel combined with their newer sensibilities, so as a long time fan I really appreciated that. I'm not a professional critic music critic, but I will say if you enjoy Laibach, especially their newer works, you will definitely enjoy this. It never ceases to amaze me how the band adapts and evolves with the passing of time.

Also, it's interesting to hear the band finally shed their previously, purposely vague and neutral political leanings and make a stand. To quote another, far more succinct critic: "Yes, things are so bad in the world today that even Laibach aren’t comfortable sitting back and taking the piss anymore."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laibach Continues to Explore March 20, 2014
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Would you like this album? That depends - are you interested in Laibach's art?

Laibach has always explored the distortion of art within totalitarian world views, finding new genres to bend to a totalitarian message. They've tried a little bit of everything - noise albums in the 80s and early 90s, covering the Beatles, covering national anthems, and with "Spectre", they go for a sound that's reminiscent of an Indie dance party. Mostly. The political and social message still takes first place, which is what they're trying to prove - that art is the servant of larger ideologies.

So, do you read that and say, "Wow, I need to hear this!" Then buy the album - it's well-done, and I've enjoyed it immensely. If you think that Laibach's method sounds indulgent, then I'd recommend sticking to purchasing one or two tracks - "Eat Liver" is a particularly catchy, heavy dance track that still packs a wallop in lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted by Spectre March 13, 2014
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Laibach's first studio album in 8 years, Spectre offers up a stunning collection of songs utilizing some very creative samples and synths - however, some of the best instruments on Spectre are the vocals. Laibach frontman Milan Fras effectively channels Yello's Dieter Meier so much that at times it feels like I'm listening to new Yello material. Much credit can also be given to Mina Špiler, a female singer who basically takes turns with Milan for almost half the album, sometimes on her own and sometimes a male/female duet. In this regard Spectre likens to SPKs "Gold and Poison..." with Spectre having a far better outcome. Spectre is a fitting title for Laibach's latest offering....oozing with gritty beauty that haunts the soul after listens. Album highlights include "Americana", "No History", "Eurovision", "Resistance is Futile", the kinetic "Bossanova" and the mesmerizing "Koran" to conclude the album. Spectre represents the album of 2014 thus far - it is brilliant!
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