takes me back to the good old eighties and bands with clearly outspoken
images. Astrea Redux resembles Ultravox, Japan and John Foxx in the way
they build their songs, but are even more introverted. The content on
this collection, a small one of nine tracks but still, consists of old
songs in new versions or previously unreleased versions of earlier tracks.
The title track is the true gem, with massive synth walls and pompous
moods accompanied by, well, synth sounding vocals. It turns out beautifully,
anyway. They use different vocalists on different songs, but Astrea Redux
should really focus on the one who does it well. The other one, frankly,
sounds utterly uninspired.