DIE WUNDERWELT DER TECHNIK
ALBUM SYNTHETIC SYMPHONY, ENERGY RELEASE:
MARCH 25, 2002 (GAS), APRIL 8, 2002 (SCANDINAVIA) REVIEW: APRIL
always wondered what kept pushing back the release date for "Die
Wunderwelt der Technik". Today I may have my answer. A most unwelcomed
one, unfortunately. I wouldn't be surprised if these German lads simply
weren't satisfied with what they accomplished in the studio and that some
form of writer's block may have prevented the album from an earlier release.
Mere speculation on my part, however, but it's justified when the end
product doesn't live up to expectation.
"Die Wunderwelt der Technik", minus the tracks from the three
singles "Starfighter F-104G", "VW Käfer" and,
partially, "Super 8", suffers heavily from a severe recycling
problem. It seems they've run out of catchy melodies, and the re-using
of old ones on this album doesn't help up the grade. Typically, the album
hosts a lot of tracks, 18 to be exact, but when the fillers have been
weeded out, there is a surprisingly low amount of typical Welle tracks
left, not counting the aforementioned singles. I really like "Volksempfänger"
and "Computer Rendez-Vous", but they would have been standard
tracks on, say, their last album "Der Sinn des Lebens", which,
in my opinion, is a several classes better album.
The release of "Die Wunderwelt der Technik" also makes me, reluctantly,
ask myself, and all you other Welle fans, a critical question: How many
more releases like this one can Welle:Erdball put out before the interest
shrivels up and dies? Their image of being amusing and clever is starting
to fade and I'm beginning to feel facial convulsions caused by some strange
liquid being expelled from my eyes. Please, Welle, do something to make