VNV Nation
Futureperfect


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (219 Reviews)
August 30th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

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

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


13871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The discography review continues...

MO
August 30th 2011


22449 Comments


Good review Pizza, posdd.

pizzamachine
August 30th 2011


13871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. :D

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011


17610 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.

pizzamachine
August 30th 2011


13871 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


17610 Comments


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

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011


9067 Comments


Chains and all?

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011


17610 Comments


Whips and all.

foxblood
August 30th 2011


9475 Comments


Futureperfect, lol so this album is about Timesplitters?

also why is this in the metal section? just curious

Willie
Moderator
August 30th 2011


17610 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


9812 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.

bloc
September 5th 2011


52952 Comments


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.

Digging: Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven

y87arrow
October 18th 2018


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, Futureperfect is one of my favourite VNV albums. But Matter + Form will forever be my favourite of them and one of my most loved electronic albums of all time (M + F was one of my first electronic albums ever in december 2005 next to Only Human Remains by Fractured and both still haven't lost anything of their magic).

Digging: Radian - Rec.Extern

y87arrow
November 8th 2018


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Favourite songs on this album:



1. Beloved (the lyrics make my eyes wet, it's also epic and too wonderful)

2. Carbon (different, less dancey but very atmospheric)

3. Genesis

4. Airships

5. Holding On

6. Structure

7. Epicentre

8. Electronaut (I should play amiga 500 astro shoot em ups or turrican 2 while listening to this)



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