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Limited double vinyl LP reissue of this 2001 album includes download code. Never before available digitally, save on CD since its initial release in 2001, Resuscitation's combination of crisp beats, squelch-laden synths and Nicola Kuperus' detached monotone sounded like a broadcast from the future, steeped in the analog synth sounds of forebears like Kraftwerk but possessed of an ultramodern sheen all its own. 11 years later, it does the same thing, except this time around, we can see just how influential its creators' work has been... and Adult's music only sounds more remarkable with the benefit of hindsight.
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I grew up on punk & new wave back in the day. I still remember picking up Gary Numan's albums and being blown away by how cool & futuristic he sounded. The same with Kraftwerk and Human League and New Order.
I never thought that style of music would come back in style, but somehow, Adult remakes and remodels electronic new wave into something fresh, sexy, urgent, and pumping.
The beats and riffs are phat. The computerized vocals are sleek, seductive, and robot-cool.
This is music for sex-obsessed cyborgs and ... androids. There are a lot of groups remaking new wave right now. I've heard a lot of them (Chix on Speed, Miss Kittin, Le Tigre, Cex, etc), but IMHO, Adult is the best of the lot.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes one artist better than another. It's just something magical that happens when the right beats are topped with the right melodic riffs, vocals, and melodies. Adult most definitely has the goods.
Adult has made me love new wave synthesizers again, and that's something of a feat. Buy this and dance your robot [self] around.
What I got wasn't quite as similar to those artists I'd imagined. The basic ingredients (a mix of 80s synth/electronic influences and more modern electronic dance music) are the same, but there are subtle differences. After all "80s synth" is a remarkably broad genre to choose from, with everything from richly produced "warm" material like Martin Rushent produced Human League to the bleakness of John Foxx, Gary Numan and very early Human League. Similarly the more modern influences can vary too - Ladytron and Fischerspooner draw on a more recent breed of dance music than Felix's acid house leanings do, and Adult. seem to go back further still, with their dance roots firmly planted in the likes of classic Detroit techno.
It's not for everyone - the vocals (a female monotone) will put some off, I'm sure. Yes, Miss Kittin does the female monotone thing too, but she does a "I'm a Swiss sex kitten who is too cool to actually sing" female monotone, whereas Nicola Kuperus' vocals have a certain harshness and suggest you might be able to pop her face off and see circuitry inside.
It's cold, crunchy carcrash music, angular, alienated, abstract and lyrically opaque. Ancestors include The Normal's "Warm Leatherette" and John Foxx's "Metamatic". I can also hear strong hints of the more melodic side of earlier Severed Heads ("Power Circles", "4WD") poking through in a few places, although that might just be an equipment thing.
In case you hadn't guessed, I rather like the album. It was the only thing I had in my car CD player for the best part of a month. It's probably one that'll be of limited appeal to contemporary dance music fans who don't know their ancient history, but if you've got an idea of where the music came from, where it is now, and where it's been in between, and you've got a fondness for at least two of the three, it's definitely an album to check out.
Why the import pricing, though, Amazon? It's on a Detroit label, after all, I'm sure there must be a US distributor that carries it.
Oh, and as an aside, if you've bought this album and enjoyed it, you might also want to check out another release on Adult.'s Ersatz Audio label, Le Car's _Auto-Biography_. It's in a similar vein (there's overlap in band personnel), albeit more strongly oriented towards the techno side of things.
i saw adult. live several months ago and they brought the house down. not only that, but after their show they walked right to the back of the club and sold all their own merchandise (t-shirts, buttons, etc.) themselves. they were friendly and completely down to earth. a great buncha kids, if you ask me.
i must also question why this CD is listed as an import.... adult. is from Detroit, as is their record label, on which this album is released.
anyone with at least a passing interest in the new-wave revival or electroclash (or whatever its being called this month) is advised to pick up this disc.
Detroit-based The Adult manage to combine hilarious & sarcastic pop sense of Devo with simple & agressive beat-juxtaposition of Detroit Techno perfectly in this album. The Old-fashioned synthsizer melodies and the cynical voice of Nicola Kuperus remind me of Devo and The B-52's. However, the sound is basically much more sophiscated and palatable than the old stuff.
I'm sure 'Resuscitation' is the highest quality of homage to 'Old School' Techno in the 21st century. Bloody good...