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Just after a few seconds, you can detect a change from NEURONIUM's previous albums. The difference? Carlos Guirao left the band one year earlier. It was him who brought the electronic 70's Berlin School spirit in the compositions. From now on, say goodbye to hypnotic psychotronic synthetizer sequences. "Invisible Views" shows cofounder Michel Huygen moving away from his initial influences and trying to propose something different. This is a respectable goal, but the result is hesitating.

The first half is the least interesting. The opener "Decision" arrives directly as a shock if you know the band's first albums. Dull and repetitive with its childish sound, this track definitely marks a rupture. The guitar does not bring anything. "L'éternelle Renaissance" is a slow melancholic piece, a bit long and not really interesting.

The second half is more inspired. "Fullness" is a fun dynamic retro sci-fi tune. Rather nice, although sounding quite dated. As it contains some moments reminiscent of their former style, "Invisible Views" is the best track of the disc. It starts softly with an aerial atmosphere to then evolve into a pleasant discrete synth sequence and spacey guitar play.

At least the record finishes on a positive note (unlike the beginning). Most 70's electronic formations encountered difficulties in the 80's, but here NEURONIUM will never be the same again. An unequal transitional album, not recommended to discover the band.

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Posted Friday, March 25, 2016 | Review Permalink

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