ALBUM SYNTHETIC SYMPHONY RELEASE:
JUNE 5, 2001 REVIEW: JUNE 13, 2001
If I had
known this was what Bruno Kramm kept to himself during all his years
with Das Ich, I would have sought him up and punched some sense into him.
"Coeur" is more melodic, rhythmic and
easy on the ears than Das Ich. With borrowed excerpts from both VNV Nation and Apoptygma
Berzerk, Kramm adds his strange, characteristic German lyrics and ends
up smiling. At least he should, 'cause this is fantastic stuff!
To hear Bruno Kramm sing and sing like this is something of a shock, to be honest.
And he actually can sing.
"Coeur" is exclusively electronic with one, glorious, exception.
A forthcoming single choice if it were up to me. "Ich ahne dich"
is raw power. Electronics, guitars and a perfectly contrasted blend of
vocals. Anne Wagner of, in my opinion, underrated pop band Obsc(y)re helps
bringing "Ich ahne dich" to impressive heights.
Most of the
tracks on Kramm's first solo album are upbeat and club friendly, whilst
the mentioned "Ich ahne dich" and the final track "Ragnarök",
a song reminding me of the softer side of Wumpscut, are somewhat slower.
Not being a Das Ich fan, my initial expectations were quite low. As it
turns out, though, I ended up with widened eyes, sweat running down my
forehead and an urge to tell the world about "Coeur" as soon