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Fields of the Nephilim The Nephilim
Tesla Boy The Universe Made of Darkness
Tesla Boy's second album suffers from classic sophmore slump syndrome. It seems that they have exhausted all of their best material on their debut and have presented us with an album full of B-Sides. The hooks all sound very uninspired and the tracks lack energy. While Modern Thrills did have it's lusty energetic songs, it had a brooding dark side to it. "Universe Made of Darkness" isn't as dark as the name would suggest and most of the tracks come off as banal "girl" jams. The highlights such as the insanely catchy "M.C.H.T.E", the spacious but accessible "Fantasy", "Split" and "Paraffin" redeem it and make it worth a spin.
Tesla Boy Modern Thrills
I'm not much of a dancer, but when I listen to this album I feel immediately compelled to
dance like no one's watching. This album is full of vintage analogue synths (Some of which
are reminiscent of the soundtrack to Sega Genesis games), excellent production and killer
hooks. It's obvious Tesla Boy are big fans of old school synthpop. Their name was even
inspired by an OMD single. High energy tracks like "Synthetic Prince", "Electric Lady" and
the vaugely sinister disco strut of "Thinking of You" will definitely have you on your feet
and moving. Tesla Boy aren't afraid to show their dark side e
The Cars The Cars
The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands
A murky, bittersweet exercise in alternative pop. Significantly more mellow than its predecessor, Darklands manages to be both reflective and gloomy while also being very uplifting. Musically, it's not especially innovative, and at times the melodies are almost indistinguishable from one track to another but lyrically it is beautiful. There is a prevailing sense of existential loneliness, wistful nostalgia and romance throughout the album. The lyrics alone are enough to give this album a spin.
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
While this album has an interesting gimmick, namely 60's pop under a layer of white hot guitar noise, it's far too repetitive and abrasive for me to give it a pass. The noise is not used artfully; it is piercing and messy making the treble of the songs almost unlistenably harsh. The noise doesn't seem to serve any purpose except to detract from how painfully unoriginal the songs are. The more mellow pop oriented moments almost save this album, but they all seem to recycle the same drum pattern to the point that it just gets boring. There are a handful of classic songs on here, but they are all buried among repetitive nonsense.

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  • laughingman22 nice ratings, especially that 5 for skinny puppy's last rights :D
    December 24 03:39 PM
  • MadBaron I haven't heard too much of Peter Murphy's solo work yet, but what I have heard I've liked, especially "Low Room" and "Cuts you Up"
    April 24 03:55 AM
  • relativeworld Nice soundoffs fella ! I love Peter Murphy solo albums more than Bauhaus.
    April 24 03:24 AM

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