ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM RELEASE:
DECEMBER 30, 2001 REVIEW: MARCH 1, 2002
Nicholas has a lot of bad things to say about his old girlfriend and some
wonderful stuff about his new one. These are his private obsessions, recycled
if slightly reinvented from album to album and generously elaborated on
the band web site, if you should happen to be interested in the actual
names of the girls.
is obviously no great poet, but his brand of synth pop melancholy blends
rather nicely with the simple rhymings of the sensitive, suffering young
man so prevalent in nineties independent music. It all adds up to something
cosy and endearing.
"Pure" is a return to form, leaving former clumsy attempts at
a techno sound behind and embracing the warmth and safety of simple, no
frills synth pop. The ever-present shadow of the Pet Shop Boys has also
faded almost to the point of non-existence. As far as nice and harmonic
synthpop goes, "Pure" keeps anybody quite happy.
Cosmicity has never settled for so little. Mark Nicholas wants to paint
grander pictures, never minding a shortage of colour and a canvas much
too small. "The Princess of Detroit", for all its pumping beats,
does a poor job of capturing steamy eroticism, while anything dealing
with bigger things than light post-relationship trauma comes up somewhat
short of expectation. The expressive abilities of Cosmicity are a bit
limited, but Nicholas still excels in smooth vocals and sugar-coated harmonies.