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A Projection - Framework

by Kevin Orton Rating:2 Release Date:2017-01-13

If there were a paint by numbers for vintage 80’s Post Punk Goth, A Projection would fit the bill. The band’s name is oddly telling. They’re a pale projection of what they rip off. Namely, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and the Cure. And Framework is an apt title for this album. A Projection provides a sturdy framework for songs but doesn’t fill them in with any heart or soul. Musically, it goes through all the right motions to sound suitably dark but what’s lacking is depth, passion and conviction. What on offer is little more than painfully superficial. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a record so unconvincing.

One listen to ‘Hands’ and it's clear Joy Division is an obvious influence. While the vocals are attempting to channel Ian Curtis, they sound more like a monotone imitation of the Damned's Dave Vanian. Without his showmanship or camp. There’s no sign of life to the vocals. They sound as robotic as the music. And by that, I don't mean in a Kraftwork way. Which brings me to another thing that makes this record so boring. No sense of humor. 

The self-important song titles are an eye roll, obviously trying to evoke the likes of Unknown Pleasures and Faith era Cure. Unlike Ian Curtis, the lyrics here were written by a possuer. As pretentious as they’re adolescent. From ‘Dark City’ on, every song sounds rigidly frozen in ice and placed under glass. More to be seen than felt. Throughout, there is no trace of spontaneity or life.

Look, I have no problem with a band mining the likes of Joy Division, the Cure or Sisters of Mercy. Everyone rips off someone else to a certain extent. So, that’s not my issue here. What I don’t have patience for is uninspired contrivance. This record sounds like it’s just going through the motions. No passion, no personality. No risks. No mistakes. Just a cold, studied exercise in connecting all the right dots. In short, unspeakably dull and pedestrian.

Overall Rating (1)

1 out of 5 stars