ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND,
REPRISE RELEASE: MARCH 6, 2000,
MARCH 21, 2000 (USA) REVIEW: MARCH
Mind-music has entered and cemented itself in the world of
music and people's consciousness. For quite some time it has been claimed that
the lyrics in songs today represent what poetry did for people yesterday. And
the integration of "spoken word" and music is perhaps a more concrete
manifestation of that.
Though combining "spoken word" with tones are not
entirely the correct description of Recoil's, alias Alan Wilder's, work. What
he and his guest vocalists do is more projecting a couple of short films
without showing the actual pictures. With sounds, rhythms and a spoken/sung
stories, the audience is invited to create their own individual imaginary, set
the colours and participate.
"Liquid" is a splendid step in Recoil's
development. It's more worked through than the sketch-like “1+2” and “Hydrology”,
more resolute than the lovely but groping "Bloodline", more united
and independent than "Unsound Methods".
The influences are not as obvious as before, though the
suggestive feeling and the darkness are somehow similar to "Unsound
"Liquid" demands something special from the
audience. The album is enjoyed to its definite fullest when the listener devote
it some time. When one lets the lyrics sink in and the atmosphere transforms
into something different, into a mind-movie, evoked by magnificent mind-music