VNV Nation
Futureperfect


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
August 30th, 2011 | 13 replies | 5,373 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the time was set, the deal was done. VNV Nation had just begun.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Futurepop is a genre created by VNV Nation that mixes synthpop, EBM, and trance. As expected, the genres go extraordinarily well together, and especially in the capable hands of a veteran band. As the founders of futurepop, they have used their creative license to the full extent, creating a diverse, constantly shifting sound. In the middle of their career, they released Futureperfect, and surprise of surprises, their sound changed again. Futureperfect is a very different album in comparison to VNV Nation’s older albums. The album fundamentally showcases the band’s first steps onto the moon of their new sound, and surprisingly, they carry much weight. A midlife crisis is the exact opposite of what happened. Futureperfect holds some of the band’s best music and must not go missed.

At this point you’re wondering what the album actually sounds like. In response, I have one word for you: “trance”. That’s right, the band took futurepop’s trance influence to new heights, by unleashing a full force of frenzied synthesizers. Such glorious melodies originating from synths would ultimately create the VNV Nation that we know and love. However, they had not yet fully formed their ideas to fruition, and consequently, Futureperfect seems very random. You see, only half of the songs are taken over by trance elements – the rest are completely different. However, what originally seem like disjointed puzzle pieces, ultimately form a perfect picture.

When they aren’t using synths to excess, they’re creating songs like ‘Holding On’, ‘Carbon’, ‘Structure’, and ‘Airships’. Although VNV Nation are a futurepop band, they have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. From pure ambient songs to industrial aggression, this album has it all, and they employ their variation with care. This is a band that is not afraid to experiment, as ‘Holding On’ proves with its near ballad. Indeed, Futureperfect would have unsettled quite a few VNV Nation fans at the time of its release, but looking back at it, it reigns as one of their best albums. It seems random at first, but take the dive and you’ll find the swim to be quite refreshing.



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pizzamachine
August 30th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The discography review continues...

MO
August 30th 2011



17370 Comments


Good review Pizza, posdd.

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pizzamachine
August 30th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. :D

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011



15774 Comments


Nice review. I've never listened to these guys, and I'm not the biggest fan of future pop, but I'll give this a try.

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fromtheinside
August 30th 2011



16419 Comments


OMG futurepop where the fuck is bloc when I need him

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pizzamachine
August 30th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Willie: Cheers! I guess this could be a good album to start with.

@ fromtheinside: He's nowhere to be found these days. :/

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011



15774 Comments


He's locked in Deviant's closet... forced into a life of servitude.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6735 Comments


Chains and all?

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011



15774 Comments


Whips and all.

foxblood
August 30th 2011



6797 Comments


Futureperfect, lol so this album is about Timesplitters?

also why is this in the metal section? just curious

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011



15774 Comments


also why is this in the metal section? just curious
Because the first genre is 'industrial' and that gets tossed in with metal.

Acanthus
August 31st 2011



9510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I don't have this one, but none of the tracks that are often played off this really stick with me that much either.

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bloc
September 5th 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and I'm not the biggest fan of future pop

This explains EVERYTHING

I think this was the last of the VNV albums I listened to only because I thought this would be the worst one but damn this album is one of their strongest.

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