The variety of vocal effects employed here is far beyond what was usually the norm for this time. For the most part, rhythm is via a traditional kit, well played and recorded. A smattering of synthetic percussion appears, but this album was largely made with beefy, rock drumming that gives it a heft that would be missing from synthpop groups a year or two down the road.
This track, more than any other, hits the Ultravox mark that Crawford and the band [all Ultravox fans; Foxx era] were clearly aiming for. The underlying synth riffs evoke cinematic James Bond soundtrack music rather successfully. Hmmm… I wonder? The lyrics seem politically charged but on closer inspection resist interpretation. Nunn's breathy lead vocals help cut through the mechanized feel of the verses and bring some genuine passion to the proceedings.
The emphasis on style over substance at times defined the music of the '80s, but in the case of Berlin, the songcraft and musical depth usually avoid the dated, sometimes shallow characteristics of some new wave.
This is music that holds up very well plus years after its release, mostly because the ensemble that performs it contains talented individuals that consistently elevate one another's work within the band construct.
Released initially as the B-side to a version of "The Metro," this track serves also an anchoring album cut from Pleasure Victim. Three years later he would release that single take as E2-E4 , his first solo album.
This is accidental alchemy turning space rock into early techno, with elements lifted and homage paid far into the future by the likes of Daft Punk, Ricardo Villalobos, LCD Soundsystem, and Basic Channel.
Their fourth proper studio album stands as a high point in their catalog because it really shows this range without being so avant garde as to turn off the casual listener. In , Nick Cave was living in West Berlin and using quite a bit of his spare time to indulge his heroin addiction. U2 — Achtung Baby ; Island. U2 received blowback for the first time in their career for the film and album Rattle and Hum , which for some sounded like a restatement of their own importance and acclaim.
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