the FAIR SEX

Album: "Drop Your Anxiety"
Label: Van Richter Records (2003)
Style: EBM
Songs: 10

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

The Fair Sex have been making their unique style of guitar EBM music since the 80s. While they went in a slightly more rock direction on their latest album, this remix album of older material shows that their roots were a lot more electronic.

The music here is a mix of old and new. Some songs have an old school 80s flavor to them, while others sound more current. What this album shows is that The Fair Sex were ahead of their time in the underground electronic music scene. They did things in the past that a lot of bands are just now starting to incorporate into their music such as mixing guitars with EBM. The Fair Sex have a unique sound due to this, and their vocalist has a diverse sounding voice and singing style. When you hear The Fair Sex you know that it's them and not some other band.

All of the songs offered on this album are upbeat with catchy elements making them great for club play. But they have enough going on in them that also make them good to listen to at home, in the car, or with headphones wherever you are.

If you're a fan of The Fair Sex, this album is a must for your collection. If you have never heard them before, this is a good place to start.

 

Album: "TFS"
Label: Endless Records (2002)
Style: Electro-industrial / Electro-goth
Songs: 13

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

After several years of silence, The Fair Sex finally returns with ths follow-up to their excellent Labyrinth release. Unfortunately, this TFS recording isn't quite as good as I was hoping for.

In the past The Fair Sex made it a point to deliver some of the most addicting and infectious electro-industrial/EBM songs ever made. But things have changed a bit on this album as there's a lot more different sounds and ideas here ranging from guitar heavy industrial rock to dreary darkwave. And while I'm all for variety, there's just a little too much here to keep the CD consistent. Everything does offer the classic sound of The Fair Sex, but with a little more rock and gothic touches than I would like. I much prefer their past energetic EBM approach to this newer more dark and moody sound. There's still some traditional EBM style club hits to be found here, but they're rare.

If you like The Fair Sex for some of their classic tunes such as "Not Now Not Here", "Cyberbite", "White Noise" and "You Know How", then you might be a little disappointed by the lack of these type of songs here. But there's still enough of the old school The Fair Sex sound featured to please their fans. Just expect more rock and gothic elements.

 

Album: "Labyrinth"
Label: Van Richter Records (1995)
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 16

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This band is extremely original. They produce a sound unlike any other band out there. The music is very upbeat, catchy, and would be great to dance to. The beats and rhythms are created with unique uses of guitars, electronics, synths, and drum beats. The vocals are not distorted, and actually sing with harmony. There is just the right touch of samples here as well. No two songs sound alike. Some are very electronic dance style songs, while others are darker and moodier with synths taking center stage. But every song is just as good as the next. You get a lot of them, too. The vocals have an apparent German accent, and sing with the music perfectly. Every song grabs you right from the start, and doesn't let go until it's over. Even though this music is very energetic and fast paced, it's not angry. It has more of a positive feel to it. It's very alive. This album will appeal to a wide range of electronic music fans.