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Alan Wilder With a Vengeance
on August 6, 2007
I have been a fan of Alan Wilder for a long time. Totally appreciating his contributions to Depeche Mode throughout his career with them. Since he left, I must say Depeche Mode just ain't the same. Alan, however, provided us with two stunning CDs, Unsound Methods (1997) and Liquid (2000). Then, he disappeared to live a quiet life with his family. Well, he's back with a stunning offering and a CD/DVD edition that is clearly a Valentine for his longtime, devoted fans.
First, subHUMAN is well worth the wait. A brilliant, kaleidoscopic opus of textural depth and trademark Alan Wilder brilliance is his compositions and production. Following the trip-hop groundwork laid by Samantha Coerbell's contributions on Liquid, "Last Call For Liquid Courage" and "Supreme, Alan draws from the Louisiana delta and Joe Richardson to put a blues edge to the the trip-hop sound. And the tracks with Carla Trevaskis are equally amazing, especially "The Intruders" which at a rocking 11 minutes (most of the tracks are lengthy) gives Alan freedom to move his compositions through some interesting transitions. This will clearly be one of the best CDs of 2007. Ear candy at its finest with so much depth, the listener will find new pockets of sound upon repeated listenings.
2) Then you get a nearly 60 minute ambient reworking of the entire CD and it is pretty awesome to say the least and is a great counterpart to the original CD. That Alan would take the time to do this not only proves he was eager and happy to get back in the studio but he wanted to reward his fans with not a little, but a LOT extra. The ambient version is a lush soundscape that goes in different but equally maginificent directions than the original version. There is also a 5.1 Dolby sound mix of the original CD on the DVD with the ambient version and also 5 videos. There are also 2 easter egg videos for "Shunt" and "Electro Blues For Bukka White.
So, if you enjoy Alan, you probably already have this, but if you are unfamilar with his work and enjoy artists like Massive Attack or Portishead, then you will not be disappointed with this masterpiece.