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Four beats to the floor represents the order of the day on "SSSS" with its unwavering dedication to making the club floors shake via drums and groove. The album stands stark in comparison to most Erasure albums, but Clarke's synth work is apparent on opening track "Lowly" with its retro-sounding break and repetitive nodules forming to induce a driving club track. Gore's influence seems to take a back seat on this song until the closing minute when a wave of darkwave atmospherics cloud the proceedings in a menacingly welcome way; a nice start to any album.
"Zaat" follows, and reminds the listener of Depeche's constant forays into glam stomp goodness with its crunchy synth work and slamming bass drum. It would appear this is Gore's moment, inviting memories of "A Pain That I'm Used To" into the mix, and remaining all the more compelling for it.
"Windup Robot" similarly follows this path, and emerges as a contender for the "most appropriate song title of the year" award.Read more ›
You're just going to have to wait for the next Depeche or Erasure album to get your fix but in the meantime, this is a wonderful diversion for your late night dance party, morning commute or while reading your newspaper with a good cup of coffee.
Where Mr. Vincent John Martin, affectionetly known as Mr. Vince Clarke and Mr. Martin Lee Gore take us we don't need any other instruments or items, just take yourself and prepare for an out-of-body experience...Please don't forget your ears!
Before I enter into my opinionated rant I would like to explain that I felt that each individual song needed to be critiqued on its own recognizance....So here goes!
Lowly - A very nice and catchy tune to introduce the album, which gives it a feeling as if the listener is in for an adventure of adventures....I felt as if I was going to watch a sci-fi movie or a mixture of Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible meets Tim Burton meets Stanley Kubrick in a Hip-Hop Techno World.
Zaat - Second Song, Second Scene, Second Chapter. The song seems to want to be stuck in this repetitive mind-bending vortex until it kicks into second gear at the 1:30 mark and third gear at 2:00. I felt as if I was driving down a street in a rather large manual transmission car in mid-day traffic where the person goes from 1st gear, 2nd gear, 3rd gear and then stop to return to 1st gear and goes through the process again. Not until the 4:18 mark does the song go into a high gear clear road process and moves into the sunset.
Spock - Picking up from where Zaat left off, I guess the sunset was not our next destination...Space - This song has a space feel as if the listener is traveling freely through a black hole where it's safe but at the same one doesn't know what is around the corner. I felt as if I was being treated to an introduction to space by none-other than Mr.Read more ›
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Ok - nothing to "suggest" to a friend. Bought it because of VCMG. Long time fan of both. The $10 can be a payment for all the past music they have provided - that I was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rob Worth
I just can't stop listening to this! A must have for DM fans.Published 10 months ago by John Gerald Jimenez
Vincent Clark is my Hero. Truly. I love this Album. I really hope they do more and more.Published 14 months ago by Dad
Not enough new, not enough dancable, not enough interesting. I had really high hopes, which were dashed.Published 14 months ago by Jon E Watte
There's lots of really really great 80s and 90's synth sounds here and it is all very well executed. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by techmannn
This cd is pretty bad and uninteresting. I'm surprised Vince and Martin put this out there...this is not the quality music that I've come to appreciate from these guys over the... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by The Wizard
Just a fantastic dance album. Really curious which parts are Vince and which are Mart since they made this album over the internet by passing the files back and forth until... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by concretebaby
While not along the lines of DM or Yaz, this thumping CD takes the prize as great driving music. Techno/Dub and brilliant complex mixes (sans lyrics) show the younger generation... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Brent C. Naylor
2 of my very fav artists come together and was not very happy with the music at all. Shipped quickly & was brand new.Published on July 29, 2013 by Crys Auerbach