ALBUM DEPENDENT, METROPOLIS, ENERGY
RELEASE: JANUARY 28, 2002, FEBRUARY 8, 2002 (SCANDINAVIA)
REVIEW: FEBRUARY 12, 2002
is what we know. VNV Nation are Irish, they write good lyrics, and they
make brilliant electronic dance music. On their new album "Futureperfect"
not much has changed. All of the above is still true, even though Ronan
Harris now lives in Germany.
"Futureperfect" takes VNV Nation mix of EBM, pop and trance
further. To prove my point, I will just mention the track "Beloved".
Quite possibly their best track ever. Beginning in a calm manner with
warm strings and Ronan's voice, it soon becomes a whirlwind of twinkling
synthesizers, driving beats and a chorus so infectious, I bet they wore
plastic gloves in the studio.
The whole album has a kind of sad feeling to it. And the lyrics seem to
be about the world we live in and life in general, as Martin Gore put
it a whole bunch of years ago. The title itself is an ironic statement
about the optimistic way we used to look at the future in the past.
There are several magnificent tracks here, such as the beautiful piano-equipped
"Holding on", which is dealing with feelings of loneliness.
Ronan's voice seem to have been smoothed up a notch since we last heard
it. He does a wonderful job here, filling my speakers with sorrow.
"Carbon" is a torch ballad about how mankind continuously keeps
on destroying the world. The ending song, "Airships", employs
the same trick as "Beloved". It starts slow and builds up towards
the end. This track makes the album go out on a happy note, with lyrics
like "I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world" on top
of joyous melodies.
I can think of just one drawback. Sometimes it feels like I have heard
it all before.
People who already like this band will love this album, I know I do! And
I also think a great number of new people will discover VNV Nation with