Appliance - Manual

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1999-09-27

Why three young men from unexotic Exeter should prove so devoted to music originally played by hairy, commune-sharing Germans some time before they were born may be something of a mystery, but there's no denying that the prosaically named Appliance have made a fine, concise debut album. Of British bands dabbling with their own interpretation of krautrock, Appliance are less raucously poppy than Quickspace and lack the jazz inflections of Fridge, but they are impeccably cool sounding.

James Brooks' vocals are vaguely reminiscent of Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch's less histrionic moments and the entire feel of the record is one of restrained power, at its best on the excellent "Food Music" and "Hot Pursuit". Throw in a touch of Spiritualized and New York's long defunct electronic pioneers Suicide and a taste for action painting on stage and you have a first attempt that is better than merely promising. --Steve Jelbert

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