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Futureperfect

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Product Details

  • 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 (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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VNV Nation are one of those bands who with every album have progressed into newer territories and pushing the envelope of what both the band and the genre they're in are capable of. They are one of the only bands out there to combine the fury of industrial with the appeal of pop, mixing throbbing militaristic beats with symphonic grace and intelligent lyrics. "Futureperfect" follows up what was one of the best EBM albums ever to be released, 2000's "Empires," and while the sounds has certainly changed dramatically since then, the purity of the band's message has not. VNV's music is just the kind of electronic relief needed for anybody suffering from a waning industry of pop icons and low-quality regurgitations of past successes. Their lyrics, poetic and inciteful, beckoning us to question our world that we have created and what we plan to do about it. "Futureperfect" is an album that tells us that we are not what was intended...but we have a chance to make it better.
The music is far less upbeat than "Empires" or "Praise the Fallen," focusing less on the pounding dancefloor rhythms, and more on the lyrics and the lush orchestrations. Fans of "Forsaken" from "Praise the Fallen" or "Distant (Rubicon II)" from "Empires" will enjoy this album. The majority of it is in that same vein of soft melodic symphonics. The best of these songs are "Carbon," and the album closer, "Airships." Those looking for the harder dance hits will be satisfied with "Epicentre," "Genesis," and "Fearless." Ronan Harris' voice takes on a more tired and weary turn on this album, sounding less effected and more genuine. He's much more off-key than he usually is, but the album as a whole was done in a short time.
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