ALBUM EDEL RELEASE: JANUARY
21, 2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 21, 2002
have to admire The April Tears. They've fought an uphill battle for several
years now, since the debut "Strange Paradise" (ten out of ten
in the printed Release, 3/95). Some of the songs on "Consume Desire"
can be traced back to different compilations released around 1997, and
the unreleased album "Eyes Cold Kisses". These songs, one of
which is "Heart Shut Down", have gone through serious improvement
upgrades, though, and now sound like something that could be released
You know, that first time you listen to an album, there are usually one
or two tracks that appeal a little extra to you. "Medicine"
was all it took to convince me. It's, together with the moody closing
theme appropriately titled "All Good Things Must Come to an End",
the calmest moment on the album. Sara's voice sounds fantastic here and
not strained, like in some sequences in other tracks. Musically, "Medicine"
shows obvious, though impressive resemblance with the "Violator"
era of Depeche Mode, but there are links to Garbage and, primarily, the
"Version 2.0" album as well.
The three singles released, "Model Actress Whatever", "Seventeen"
and "Hardcoming" are all included, as is the above mentioned
old favourite "Heart Shut Down", in a new, more slowly paced
"Hong Kong" is the track that really tests the listener. Granted,
I didn't like it at all when I first heard it, but over time it feels
like a natural piece of the "Consume Desire" puzzle, though
more experimental than the other material.
The April Tears have two very important features that give them an upper
hand toward other pop/rock/indie/synth bands. Namely, Sara's charismatic,
though not always flawless, vocals and Andreas Jismark's knack for writing
great songs. "Consume Desire" also delivers songs for every
mood. Contrast the sound between "Medicine" and "Clone
Elvis" and you'll understand what I mean.