ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM,
OCTOBER RELEASE: JULY, 1999 (USA) AND
JANUARY 17, 2000 (SCANDINAVIA) REVIEW:
JANUARY 17, 2000
I don’t think I was the only one overwhelmed by the
Forgiving Iris track "Annie, Would I Lie to You" on the “Electronic
Fields” compilation a few years ago. I anticipated a follow-up album, which
never came and realized the possibility of a one hit wonder.
But last year things started moving again for the American
duo. The name change to Iris, a few demos put up on their web site and a
probable official release of their material lit the hope again. Two singles
were released during 1999, "Saving Time" and "Danger Is the
Shame", as well as the US edition of the album. Reagan Jones and Matthew
Morris have tried, and succeeded, in making a top notch synthpop production.
"Disconnect" is, in a way, an Iris collection, given the tracks were
written between 1994 and 1999. And it shows. Ten danceable, uptempo tracks with
almost equal hit potential. The album radiates pure song strength from
beginning to end and the vocals are as good as they come. No weak points to be
When it comes to electronic pop
music, it doesn’t get much better than this. Maybe "Disconnect" will
even appeal to some of the synthpop sceptics too, because of the dance sound
and the sing-along refrains. Either way, it’s America’s Most Wanted right now.