ALBUM OCTOBER RELEASE: NOVEMBER 1, 1999 REVIEW: DECEMBER 2, 1999
Not many people want to talk about the second Rational Youth album
"Heredity". Mainly because of the radical change in instrumentation.
With a traditional rock band line-up Rational Youth were considered traitors by
the fans of "Cold War Night Life", the classic debut album with hyper
electronic pop hits like "Dancing on the Berlin Wall", "City of
Night" and "Saturdays in Silesia". I, personally, find
"Heredity" quite striking, seen as an independent work of art, with
several strong songs.
The sound of
the comeback album "To the Goddess Electricity", however, is as
electronic as any Kraftwerk release, and sometimes it also has the coolness and
spirit of the German quartet. Itís mostly more pop oriented, though, of which
"Talk to Me (Iím Only Human)" is a terrible example and
"Energie", "Everything is Vapour" and "The Ghosts of
Montreal" are good ones.
now only accompanied by Jean-Claude Cutz, had the intention to create the
natural "Cold War Night Life" sequel, and in some ways his mission is
fulfilled. Rational Youth have managed to outdo most of the synthpop genre,
with solid songs, a singer who can strike the right notes and a spotless
Still, I canít
help but feeling disappointed. The comparison to "Cold War Night
Life", one of my all-time favourite albums, is inevitable and "To the
Goddess Electricity" isnít as good, not at all. I like almost every song,
but Iím lacking the moments of perfection found on their debut, the enchanting
moods and the playfulness. An extra plus for the ending, "Open Your
Heart", a stripped down ballad with a thoughtful Howe on vocals.
Beautiful. Rational Youth are still very good indeed, they just crushed the
hopes of an improvement of "Cold War Night Life".
advice fans of this album to go buy "To the Goddess Electricity".
Just donít expect a tower of glory this time.