ALBUM WEA, WARNER RELEASE: MARCH 1, 2000 REVIEW: MARCH 14, 2000
De/Vision is one of most popular electropop bands of today
and there is no longer any doubt why. They have worked long and hard to reach
these hights, by constantly improving and pushing themselves.
It is their latest work that really have caught my
attention. The 1998 masterpiece Monosex was my breaking point. This was the
first album on the major WEA and maybe the new deal made them work even harder.
The album reached as high as 30 in the German charts.
Void carries the same spirit, but now its more of
everything. Most of all its harder and more modern. The old synthpop roots is
still present, but they are surrounded by so much more. Several songs float on
a carpet of fat bass lines, rhythm loops, slightly broken melodies and cool
effects. Im sure De/Vision have listened a lot to modern electronics from the
likes of The Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim and Underworld. But while the
electronica acts often lose themselves in instrumental and boring soundscapes,
De/Vision is always with us - with one foot in the pop tradition. They write
truely excellent melancholic songs.
The guys have managed to incorporate lots of new influences
without becoming another pathetic band that feels an urgent need to refresh
their material. No, De/Vision have succeded to a degree where they inject new
blood into the electropop genre. This have been done before, but only rarely
the end product is so perfectly balanced and well-made. Its stunning.
Well performed guitars in songs like the indie flirt
Freedom (a possible future single choice if you ask WEA, I guess) and the
choirs in the growing Self-Deception is other new grips. I also want to
mention the strong choruses as well as the healthy breaks within songs like in
The magnetic Foreigner is of course a killer single. Blue
Moon from 1995 is included in a fresh updated version.
The new year (I didnt say millennium!) have had a
tremendous start with at least a dozen fantastic albums by artists like
Covenant, Emiliana Torrini, Hednoize, Robot, Primal Scream and now De/Vision.
What a year this can be!