2001: A S.P.O.C.K ODYSSEY
ALBUM SSC, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 5, 2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 30, 2001
much as I enjoyed the latest S.P.O.C.K single "Where Rockets Fly",
I can't say I'm totally convinced by "2001: a S.P.O.C.K Odyssey".
It's a rollercoaster ride with a vast vertical difference, making what
is good spectacular and what's bad quite uninteresting.
short intro is "Reactivated". This is a piece very similar to the sound
on the latest Heaven 17 album, "Bigger Than America" and also
one of the highlights on the disc. Good vocals by Alexander Hofman and a rather
contagious chorus. The forthcoming single "Queen of Space",
however, represents a side of S.P.O.C.K I'm having a hard time enjoying,
with a rockish, wheezy feeling to it. A feeling that unfortunately suffocates
a few of the other tracks as well.
Disregarding the above mentioned, "2001: a S.P.O.C.K Odyssey"
is indeed a great album. It's peaking in the fabulous "Back on Mars",
one of the band's best tracks ever, and the equally laid-back and smooth "End
of the Universe". Both tracks have outstanding choruses, and a cool
set of sounds. More uptempo songs like "Next in Line" and "Every
Single Day" aren't far behind. Both have the same refrains,
sticking to your mind whether you like it or not, and an instant club
On the whole, S.P.O.C.K have developed everything, like production, vocals
and, to a certain extent, their song writing skills. I'm not sure though, if
the fans will embrace the "spock'n'roll" styled tracks. I sure
didn't. On the other hand, if "2001: a S.P.O.C.K Odyssey" would
have been cut down to an EP, the grade had risen by at least one unit, possibly two.
S.P.O.C.K may or may not please you, but they are still roaming the sparse
elite corridors of the synthpop bands, and with an extra vocalist in Johan
Malmgren (singing the coolest track on the album, "Mr. Jones")
they might progress even further.