Erasu…ehh, Avant Garde is back with a second full-length disc. "Certified & Tested" holds a total of fifteen tracks, which is way too many. There's only so many perky bleepish synths you can handle during a Wednesday afternoon. It's uncomplicated, catchy and hyperelectronic.
The first single release off "Certified & Tested", "Watch Your Back" is a very nice piece of analogue pop music, as well as "Won't Come Around", a song displaying a particularly contagious chorus. Avant Garde is qualitative synthpop, with obvious traces of early eighties electronic pop pioneers. Listening to small portions of the album is recommendable. Not that any song is remarkably bad, but it's somewhat similar musically.
Still, Lars and Per Ola may very well increase the amount of fans with "Certified & Tested", given Erasure's sudden turn towards more mainstream pop sounds.