ALBUM (COPY PROTECTED) KA2, SONY RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 (GAS), TBA (OTHER TERRITORIES) REVIEW: OCTOBER
love the way Covenant challenge their listeners with every new album.
The gentlemen Joakim, Eskil and Clas constantly try to find new ways to
express themselves. However, they always maintain that inimitable Covenant
sound. That sound is very much evident on “Northern Light”,
but now with much more maturity and emotion. In these times of copycat
future pop and EBM bands it feels good to hear music that has been given
some thought out and made with care.
album begins with the beeping and bopping “Monochrome”, which
gives a hint of what is to come. Lush strings and Eskil’s voice
makes this a good number indeed. The album then moves briskly along with
the first single “Call the Ships to Port”, destined to bring
havoc on dance floors the world over for many years. “Bullet”
comes next, and it is the upcoming single complete with a totally awesome
video. This is brilliant electronic pop.
and Silent” is a warm and cosy slow track, with fantastic strings,
choral arrangements and an infectious melody that sees Eskil working with
his voice more than ever. Truly marvellous. My favourite from the gig
at the Arvika Festival in July, “We Stand Alone” is a dramatic
and riveting experience, also headed for the clubs, but works good at
home too. “Winter Comes” is yet another slow and emotional
masterpiece with many weird sounds and quirky beats.
I could go on listing every track here, but instead I’ll mention
the highlights. Every
track has the finesse and exquisite attention to detail that we have come
to expect from these perfectionists, and the song writing is better than
ever. Kudos to the producer Jakob Hellner for bringing out the best in
the packaging oozes quality, with great images and concept.
So a perfect ten then? Well, I feel the album drags a bit towards the
end, namely the last two songs.
But this is indeed one of the best albumsof the year. Perhaps in many