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Be Bop Deluxe


Crossover Prog

3.22 | 61 ratings

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3 stars This album sounds quite different from their previous efforts.

The music is definitely more electronic, new-wave oriented (Electrical Language). In terms of new-wave, songs as New Precision or New Mysteries sound very much like Talking Heads tunes. The Heads became famous with their album 77 (and the single Psycho Killer) released in 1977 (would you believe) but the band was very popular on the New-York scene (CBGB) since 1975 already. The hectic beat sounds are similar, and some vocal parts (especially in New Mysteries) do have a Byrne feel.

I don't like this album very much. The spontaneity, the creative work, the fun seems a bit alien to this album; although it is rather present during the upbeat Love In Flames. I also miss very much the great guitar play from their leader Bill Nelson. But this tendency was already noticeable from Sunburst Finish which was their best album IMO.

The closing number is a fine ballad which seems to be a return to Bill's first love. Very much Bowie in my ears.

As usual with the CD re-editions of their albums, there will be some bonus tracks available. But I am not too enthusiastic about these ones. Electro-pop (Blimps), anecdotal (Lights), the only good one is the rock ballad Lovers Are Mortal.

When you listen to this album, it sounds as if the band jumped into the new-wave wagon like they did with the glam one some years prior to Drastic Plastic. This album is my least favourite from this very creative band. Three stars. This is still a good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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