Yay for synthpop. Catchy melodies coupled with synthstabs, pads and pounding rhythms can make my day anytime. Few pull this off better than Melotron, during their finer moments. “Cliché” contains quite a few of these moments, even though the album is a bit uneven. A bit of trimming here and there should have worked wonders for the tempo of the album. As it is, it gets a little dull sometimes and Melotron always works best when they’re making your feet move in a timely fashion.
Overall, I feel that Andy and the boys have moved forward a notch in regards of song writing. Their programming and production skills have always been second to none, but this time around, their songs have matured as well. Andy doesn’t sing in exactly the same way on every song, as he’s mixing it up with a kind of “rap” at times (not in a bad way), and the sounds and structures are a bit more varied.
The epic “Stirb für mich” is a brilliant pop anthem; over seven minutes long, complete with both strings, a throbbing synth bass and a female singer during the chorus. “Menschenfresser” is their current club hit, and if I were to decide, it should be followed by the exquisite “Wenn wir wollten”. Yummy song, that is.
Right now I feel that "Cliché" is better than “Sternenstaub”, which was also uneven. "Cliché" might not be quite up there with the fabulous “Weltfrieden”, but it’s not far behind.