ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM RELEASE:
NOVEMBER 6, 2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 21, 2002
I got this Neuroactive album, I was quite eager and hopeful, since this
band has done a number of great synth songs in the past. At a first listen,
I immediately noticed the excellent production and sound - it surely sounds
professional. Also the vocals are superb - Mr Karjalainen sure has a nice
voice, making me think of Covenant, and he also knows how to use it.
The album starts with the decent song "Play", making me think
of Assemblage 23. It's a strong track indeed and should appeal to the
masses. Although, I know this wasn't what I wanted to hear from Neuroactive!
Holy mother! Is this another talented band falling down the future pop
The better "Quiet Afternoon" follows and it certainly has feeling.
It continues like this - they mix the sell-out stuff, like the horrible
"Wonders of the World", with the good stuff, like "Was
It Worth It" and the nice "Strangers to a Life", leaving
me confused and disappointed. Another thing which disturbs me is it sounds
pretty much the same throughout the entire album, resulting in a slightly
sterile and impotent album.
It's not total darkness, though. Sometimes, they're sounding like The
Mobile Homes could have sounded if those guys would have chosen another
path years ago.
I can establish that this is a must have for fans of modern electropop
and future pop. Personally, I suggest you forget about this album and
buy Neuroactive's "Neurology 1994-2000" or "Fiber-Optic
Rhythm" instead. I can't help wondering, what is to come on A Different
Drum next? Snap's "Rhythm Is a Dancer" remixed by La Bouche?