FOXX & LOUIS GORDON
CRASH AND BURN
ALBUM METAMATIC, ARTFUL, BORDER RELEASE:
JULY 21, 2003 REVIEW: JULY 30, 2003
impressions fall like snow flakes within me as "Crash and Burn"
progresses. Sudden turns, relentless aggression and sugar sweet nostalgia
intertwine and form an eclectic mesh of music. Mr John Foxx is back at
it, this time aided by Louis Gordon in the studio, making "Crash
and Burn" their second collaboration to date.
Foxx and Gordon have made an album with many faces, incorporating and
embracing the past, present and future through its cyber-esque lyrical
content. The element of continuity is darkness and pessimism, effectively
projected through Foxx's dry, almost sinister vocal. Highly electronic
in nature, "Crash and Burn" continues the legacy of John's earlier
works such as the classics "Metamatic" and "The Garden",
albeit with hints of modern club music. For the avid synthpop fan, it
is easy to understand what the members of, say, Second Decay have been
listening to while composing their more "uncommercial" tracks.
The brilliant "Ultraviolet/Infrared" shows this with crude plainness.
While I like Foxx's clever little tid bits of futuristic transportation
and the gloomy "Blade Runner"-aesthetics, listening to the whole
album is overkill for me. At least for a lad with an almost perverse love
for melody like yours truly. Twelve tracks of intelligent, highly obstinate
electronic pop made me put in some early Erasure to neutralize my very
being. The unpersonal, borderline robotic aura works well, seen as a construction;
a monument of music, but this is certainly not for everyone.
This said, "Crash and Burn", in today's forays of dance music
on the back of an electroclash craze could most certainly appeal to a
large crowd. The die-hard Foxx fans have already bought it.