ALBUM MOTOR RELEASE: NOVEMBER,
2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 11, 2002
been struggling with this review. What should one focus more on: genuine
gut feeling or dissecting analysis? Appreciation of the parts or the whole?
Vorsprung durch Technik, with Olaf Wollschläger, a gentleman many
of us have seen more than once in the producer's role, is a peculiar sounding
combo. As the intro of the first track, "Das Labor", begins
to build, references to such opposite elements as Dire Straits-sounding
guitars and hovering ambient not only surprise, but also amuse me. What
follows, after a minute or two, is a rather traditional techno beat, but
still with unbelievably strange outer influences.
"Britpop", I'll admit, is a hilarious title, but I want an album
to emotionally punch me, so that the album name won't be the best thing
about a release. I'll be frank with you, this bored me after two listenings.
I don't care how clever it is, even though I know it is cleverly built,
and perfectly produced. Techno in combination with country or blues should
sound even more interesting than this, at least I hope so.
The only time I was overwhelmed and thoroughly impressed was when vocalist
Paul Dudley made his entrance in a few tracks, one of which, "Cirrus",
is what I expected the whole album to be. Superb! Be that as it may, as
a unit "Britpop" didn't make a lasting impression. Now, all
that remains is to have all other music critics put me in my place. Or
could it be that I am right?