ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM, BLOODLINE RELEASE:
MARCH, 2001 (USA), APRIL 23 (GERMANY) REVIEW: APRIL 8, 2001
come up empty handed every time I scan "Compuphonic" for flaws.
You'd think that disc with thirteen tracks (one of which is hidden), would suffer
from some form of minor error in judgement or miss calculation. I have already revealed my Echo Image obsession
with the review of the "Need to Be Proud" single and if anything,
it has deepened in meaning as a result of this, their debut album.
"Compuphonic" is a coherent, yet impressively diverse number
of synthpop perfection travelling along the edges of dance and techno,
balancing them nicely. Now, you know as well as I do that the lack of
vocal strength is apparent in many synthpop productions, but Echo Image
singer Pål Magnus Rybom caresses us with silky smooth vocals, with
near perfect pronunciation as well.
The songs themselves are all top material and no track deserves to be
mentioned exclusively. Modern elements are integrated in a magnificent
Norwegian mesh of dance-friendly synthetic pop, making me bounce off the
walls in hysterical rapture. Lyrics about lost and found love may be common
to the genre, but Echo Image's fresh, talented song writing has become
a lost art in synthpop generally.
I'm impressed, I'm very impressed.