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SPC ECO - The Art of Pop

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8.5 Release Date:2014-11-11

Dean Garcia and his daughter Rose Berlin return with their fifth album, eschewing regular instruments (guitar, bass, drums) for a more electronic dance vibe this time around. Garcia is a production whiz who’s firing on all cylinders here. The album is awash in synths and other electronic FX, all buoyed by Berlin’s smooth, airy vocals. This is EDM of the highest order, almost daring you to sit still as its high-energy beats wrap you in a marshmallow overdrive of whirling dervish ecstasy.

Opener ‘Burn It Down’ sets the stage with its cool organic groove, immediately overpowered by the intoxicating rush of ‘Hear Me Now’, Berlin’s sweet vocals propelling you either onto the dancefloor or into the bedroom. There’s a harsher tone to ‘One for the Little One’, sort of like Ministry before Al Jourgensen went all industrial on us and re-imaged himself as the second coming of Trent Reznor.

’Right Mind’ bears the stamp of Euro electro-danceniks Clan of Xymox’s early (ie, pre-goth) period, while ‘Fall Apart’ recalls the insanely catchy creations of Vince (Erasure, Depeche Mode) Clarke, with Berlin’s vocals taking on a Kim Wilde persona and sounding sexier than ever. Fans of Kirstie Fleck’s guest cooing on Is Tropical’s ‘Dancing Anymore’ may be in for another wet dream (if they can ever tear their eyes off that XXX-rated video). Wonderful stuff.

So you’ve got the picture by now – if your personal music library is full of Depeche Mode, Ultravox, or A Flock of Seagulls, and you’re not afraid to get caught listening to your old Lords of Acid discs, then you’re in for a treat with this one. And I haven’t even gotten to the delicately titled (and sung) single ‘Fuck You’. For those late-night crash 'n' burn club excursions, there’s even a few extended dance remixes of some of the more vibrant tracks to help you sweat away all those extra G&Ts you downed listening, dancing, and fucking along to this album.

Yowza! Oh, and don’t think we didn’t catch that clever little pun in the album title, you snarky bastard!

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