ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE: JULY
31, 2001 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
want to start by saying this album is brilliant. That is a hard opening
line to follow up on, but I will continue by saying that "Polarity" is filled to the
brim with superb sounds, smart ideas, complex rhythms and intelligent
song writing. It is also full of incomprehensible lyrics, and a somewhat
annoying voice, but those are minor details of the whole.
Haujobb sound has transformed a lot through the years, from an EBM-like
sound, through more complex soundscapes, to the last album's minimal ambient
drum'n'bass. "Polarity" shows yet another change, but this time
it's kind of a reverse change, as it has more in common with "Solutions
for a Small Planet" than "Ninety-nine". It still has that
Haujobb vibe though, and if you want the minimal style, Daniel Meier has
side projects like S'apex and Architect to cater for your needs.
are a lot of very good songs on "Polarity", like "Last Hero", "Subsonic",
"Sinus Problem" and "Violator". The latter is a slow
paced beautiful track and the closest to a ballad Haujobb has come for
a long time. My personal favourite is "Last Hero", with twitching
beats, a fat bass line and a beautiful chorus. Between each "real"
track, there are short sub sections that mostly consists of sweeping noises
is an excellent return of the dancier Haujobb and this album contains
some of their best songs to date.