Even though And One have signed with hard electronics label Out of Line, heavy EBM hitters like “Deutschmaschine” or “Panzermensch” are nowhere to be found, as “Bodypop” leans toward the poppier side of And One. This would be OK with me if the songs were up to par, but for the most part, they sound like carbon copies of what he’s done before. The album does grow on you, but the feeling of deja-vu leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
“Enjoy the Unknown” spice it up a bit though, with its lush strings, and actually a new bass sound. Yeah, I know, shocking!
There is a limited edition second disc available as well, boasting a harder EBM style. “Rearming Strafbomber” (I guess it’s a reworking of “Strafbomber” off “Aggressor”, but it’s very different) is pretty good in a monotone kind of way, and “A Kind of Deutsch” is funny and quirky, but we’ve all heard gazillion songs like this one from And One during their long career.
If you love And One, you will love “Bodypop”, but they will definitely not bring in any new fans. More of the same.
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