THE OUTER GATES
STRANGE WAYS RELEASE: FEBRUARY
16, 2004 REVIEW: MARCH
– Your honour. Ladies and gentlemen
of the jury. My closing will do nothing
but state the obvious. The prosecution
has no case and I will tell you why.
The defendants New Concept, three
nice young gentleman from Germany,
if anything, should enjoy limitless
praise for their fantastic new project
"The Outer Gates"...
– Objection, your honour, counsellor's
– Well, let me remind you of
all of exhibit A: song writing on
an extremely high level. Not only
do New Concept's songs have beautiful
melodies and flawless singing by Uwe
here, but also an undeniable warmth
and catchy chor...
– Sustained. Mr Forsberg, try
to keep it objective, please!
– I'm sorry, your honour, but
it's very hard for me when a fantastic
band like New Concept stands accused
for being too retro. If the court
allows it, I would like for the jury
and all of us here to listen to some
of their work one more time?
– Well, OK, I suppose a few
tracks wouldn't hurt. Maybe "Waiting".
Hmm. Or "Return". Oh no,
wait, "Wonderful Star" is
– Your honour! I strongly object
to your biased comments! This is a
legitimate trial case!
– OK, OK. Let's settle for one
track. "Station Man".
Three minutes later.
– Does that not sounds like
modern, romantic, catchy energy-driven
synthpop to you? I can see it in all
of your faces that you like this!
The jury kept nodding their heads
to the beat. Even the prosecution
had to restrain from not getting up
to dance! Am I wrong, counsellor?
Am I? AM I?
– OK, OK, OK! I kind of like
it. I would be willing to drop the
case if the defendants agree to improve
their incomprehensible lyrics for
their next release.
– I have already mentioned this
to the band and they admit to some
blanks in the English language. But,
in all honesty, do you really think
that is reason enough to convict them?
– Well, not really, no. By the
way, you don't happen to have an extra
copy of "The Outer Gates"
for me, do you?
– You will have to get your
own. Let this ridiculous process be
a lesson to you and all other genre
skeptics. Synthpop will always evolve.