ALBUM DRAKKAR, BMG RELEASE: OCTOBER
1, 2001 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 3, 2001
last De/Vision album, "Void", was either loved or hated. Mostly
hated, from what I've gathered. Their still increasing fan base had big
problems with the restructuring of their sound with more use of
guitars and acoustic drums.
They can all breathe a lot easier now, though.
"Two" is more... well, more De/Vision, frankly. Softer with the
focus back on emotional, effective pop songs. Steffen has a knack for
writing clever songs as well as appealing harmonies and Thomas handles the duties
of the lyricist brilliantly.
The single "Heart-shaped Tumor" (release September 10) is a
great example of a perfect combo of dark poetry and impressive song pacing.
It builds up beautifully, from the tender piano based intro to the edgy,
trashing chorus. One of De/Vision's best songs, no question.
"Two" holds mostly slow or mid-tempo tunes, but that's what
they do best, in my opinion. "Drowning Soul", another song I
would put on my personal "Best of De/Vision" CD-R, is a ballad
so moving it almost brings tears to my eyes and lyrics I, and I presume,
many with me can relate to. "Uncaring Machine" is the most remarkable
track, with leftovers from "Void" in the heavy guitar based
refrain. Still, I think it's far better than most of the tracks on that
album. There are two or maybe three songs on "Two" that are
a bit anonymous, but never anything remotely uninteresting.
"Two" is one big step back, towards their more electronically
built songs with emphasis on catchiness and melody, but two huge leaps
forward in comparison to "Void". Almost as good as "Monosex",
actually. Chew on that.