PRICE OF LOVE
TOAST HAWAII, MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE: APRIL 7, 2003 REVIEW:
FEBRUARY 26, 2003
is something refreshing about the anonymous photography and general marketing
concept of Client. This kind of uniform chic and usage of silly impersonal
aliases like Client A and Client B has been strictly male nerd territory,
but with all female robot unit Client around the turf is no longer secured.
Client has won much hype simply by being the first band on the label Toast
Hawaii, Andy "Boring banker of Depeche Mode" Fletcher's attempt
to strike out on his own now that all his mates are out soloing. Still,
Client are probably good enough to get a lot further without celebrity
Most importantly, they have the cool detachment necessary for a certain
kind of electronic lounge disco feeling that has helped take numerous
British dandies of both sexes to the stars. "Price of Love"
is a charming little ditty in the new romantic vein, commencing with the
chorus and with precious little fuss going on in between. It is followed
by "Client", a cocky little sales pitch for the band, oozing
with sex. "Client, communication expertise. Client, We'll bring you
to your knees".
"Leipzig" is a droning instrumental piece in sufficiently drab
tones to give a feel of the city. The 12" edition is providing us
with fuller, more layered versions of the title track as well and an even
sexier take on "Client".
"Price of Love" is promising in its simplicity and style. Just
provide the variation to carry a whole album and some great packaging
to go with it, and they should be huge.