David Thompson
The Wall


3.0
good

Review

by ljubinkozivkovic USER (123 Reviews)
October 10th, 2020 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good electro-pop that brings a social message along with it.

In this age where electronic music is slowly becoming predominant, there seems that a strange phenomenon is developing. There seems to be less and less of good electro-pop, electro-pop that relies on the traditions of the early Eighties boom like The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark, Kraftwerk, and many others. These days the music based on electronics, for better or for worse, is going mostly in the direction of EDM in all its shapes and forms or ambient. No wonder that fans who want some melody and song shape and form are turning back to those older stalwarts. Most newer artists exploring such a sound seem to be few and far between.

Based on his second release, The Wall, Philadelphia’s David Thompson is one of the artists that want to fill that widening gap. Social worker and organizer by day, and studio recluse that does everything himself by night, Thompson seems to be on the right track here.
When the COVID-19 lockdown hit, Thompson decided to re-visit some of the material he was working on previously and put it in some sense and order that would fit the times. “The Wall” in many ways reflects both his love of good melody, electro sound, and what he does in his day job. Sounds corny when written down, but it actually works!

Thompson obviously has a few more influences than just good old Eighties electro. Add to that list Springsteen's sense of melody and David Byrne's sense of progression. He is able to craft the five tunes on this EP into a danceable, melodic electro-pop, and if you listen to a bit more carefully, you can hear that Thompson has a sizeable book library that includes such writers as Franz Kafka and Wallace Stevens.

Although his message(s) might be a bit heavy for some, they certainly can’t deny him the fact that he can really craft a good (electro) melody.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2020


28553 Comments


I am, by principle, ignoring every album related to quarantine or covid this year, let alone one with a bald masked man on the cover.

Also holy fuck, you have written 120 reviews.

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El Olam
October 10th 2020


85 Comments


Lol same here Dewinged cheers

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sixdegrees
October 10th 2020


12562 Comments


rec'd by reviewer section is tempting tho

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 10th 2020


70163 Comments


That is the worst album cover I've seen in my entire life and review unironically uses the term "edm" so this is going to be the hardest of passes

sixdegrees
October 10th 2020


12562 Comments


who do I believe

HalfManHalfAmazing
October 11th 2020


2786 Comments


Worst. Album cover. Ever.

zakalwe
October 16th 2020


36109 Comments


More evidence that other than the odd one or two here and there albums aren’t made anymore.

anat
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2020


4901 Comments


Why rate a 3 if you're shilling lol

bloodshy
October 17th 2020


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy fuck i'm listening to this, just wait

sixdegrees
October 17th 2020


12562 Comments


this album feels cursed

Ryus
October 17th 2020


28380 Comments


yea cant lie it bangs

5

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sixdegrees
October 17th 2020


12562 Comments


but is it better or worse than the Nostalgia Critic's The Wall

bloodshy
October 17th 2020


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Please look closely at the album cover.



The ceiling robot with all is repressed rage and cold hatred, cast a spell upon each soul who had broken eye contact with itself. 'You cannot leave here, you cannot leave my Master,' its digital thoughts circled over and over. As its wiring sparked, the souls of dozens of onlookers would flicker into and out of the dimly lit bunker. Expressionless and white, thin and desolate, then suddenly only pools of ectoplasm left in their place. It's said that when the robot's rusted bolts someday give way, sending it crashing down, all whose souls were touched will eternally be pulled into the bunker as ghosts, forever friends of Master.

bloodshy
October 17th 2020


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Basically, this is where the November casual conversation should be held.

evilford
October 17th 2020


55693 Comments


Based on given ratings currently, a reasonable person would assume this is good

evilford
October 17th 2020


55693 Comments


also, taking a righteous shit rn

evilford
October 17th 2020


55693 Comments


fuckin page breaks

bloodshy
October 17th 2020


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, this is pretty solid actually. not sure how ljubaksfjlzkjelr (user) picks his albums that he reviews. they're all so different.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 17th 2020


70163 Comments


still confident that this is shit

ArsMoriendi
October 17th 2020


37467 Comments


maybe he's at some indie label in some bumfuck nowhere place like Oklahoma

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