IRIS

Album: "Disconnect"
Label: A Different Drum (1999)
Style: Synth-pop
Songs: 10

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

Iris is the American synth-pop duo of Reagan Jones and Matt Morris. This is their debut full-length recording offering songs that were recorded between 1994 and 1999. It should also be noted that this recording won best synth-pop album from the 2001 Synth-pop Awards.

The songs offered here are extremely clean and polished with a silky smooth flow that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Beautiful and soothing melodies are overlaid by semi-energetic electronic programming and beats. Crystal clear positive sounding male vocals sing along to the music perfectly.

What I am rather impressed by is the fact that almost all of the songs are upbeat. So you donít have to worry about a bunch of slow and romantic ballads that will put you to sleep here. Everything is alive and vibrant with a catchy edge.

While there isnít a bad track, there are a few that stand out more than others in my opinion. The ones I like the most include "Lose In Wanting", "Twilight", "Annie, Would I Lie To You", "Danger Is The Shame" and "Waves Crash In".

I admit that when I first heard this CD I didnít really care for it. It sounded too cheerful and uplifting, and a lot of the songs seemed alike. But after repeated listens it started to grow on me. While I do still feel that a lot of the songs are too light for me, I do enjoy the album for the most part. There are some really good songs to be enjoyed here.

If you like 80s style upbeat and positive synth-pop music, you should definitely get this CD. However, if you prefer dark synth-pop or future pop, this CD isnĎt for you.