So this is the opening to the debut album from Sweden's Militant Cheerleaders on the Move (love that name!) - classified as electronic body music, but so much more than that. Here you will find stripped down electro tracks ("Big Gun"), via trance-like tracks such as "Mask", all the way through to the almost classic synthpop of "War". There is no appearance of last years "Freaks" track here though - in spite of it being so successful - maybe a sign of the confidence they have in the album material as it is.
It seems strange for me to say this, but some of the tracks suffer through being too short in my opinion, for example "First Base" clocks in at just over one minute (OK it's an interlude, but it's a real shame, as I would love to have heard how the track could have progressed further). One track I love though, is "Third Base" - another short track, but it sounds like electro from 20 years ago - true body music! The album benefits from good solid production, it positively booms at you - a sign that the dancefloor is were this effort would most feel at home!
This album is pretty much a 2005 update of the techno-dance album, and as debut's go I would put it up there with another fine debut; the Prodigy's classic "The Prodigy Experience" - not because the choons are the same (not at all - in fact some of the tracks remind me of the previous decade's Sheep on Drugs!), but for the energy inherent throughout the album. It's raw, it's powerful, and it will be around a long time - mark my words!
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