MIRROR OF LIBERATION
ALBUM CALYX RELEASE: MAY, 1999 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 15, 1999
This is actually a German synthpop band with an exceptionally talented singer. Matthias Tippach makes "Mirror of Liberation" into something more than just bleeps, sweeps and Gahan impression. As a whole, it's a bit misjudging labeling this album as synthpop though, because of the healthy variation of the compositions on it.
Musically, the trio also possess the desired abilities, giving the listener a complete experience. On occasion, classical music and film soundtrack influences make their way into the wall of sound, but only as a much needed spice.
The first highlight of "Mirror of Liberation" is the second track, "Somebody's Song". A fantastic, melancholic ballad where Tippach's vocal greatness is displayed the way it should. "Feignedly", the next single (January 2000), is also a true masterpiece, in the style of Depeche Mode and De/Vision at their best. But it's a very consistent piece of work, altogether, without any weaknesses.
All in all, it's one of the best synthpop albums of 1999, that's for sure.