Upon first listening to a CD you know rather quickly if it’s something
that you like or not. However, there are times when you do need to listen
to a CD several times for it to grow on you before you really appreciate
it. Well, upon first listening to this Klockwork CD my feelings
toward it were a mixed bag. It seemed to include all of the elements
that I like in this style of music, but there was just something missing.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So, as I do with CDs I’m unsure
of at first, I listened to it several times to see if it would grow
on me. Thankfully, it did.
The problem with this album is that it’s just not that memorable at
first. There are no songs here that scream clubfloor hit. This is more
headphone music than it is dance music. While this is rather rare for
EBM/Synth-pop music, Klockwork isn’t a typical EBM/Synth-pop band. They’re
a bit more experimental in their sound relying more on ever changing
sounds, moods and emotions as opposed to catchy verses and chorus’.
This is mid-tempo music with a somewhat dark edge to it. The electronic
programming is a bit sparse, the beats are spaced far apart and there’s not
a lot of melody. There are a couple of exceptions such as with the songs
“Tell Me”, “Soul To Soul” and “Happiness”. But overall this album delivers
somewhat dreary ‘80s tinged EBM/Synth-pop music similar to early Front 242
and Depeche Mode.
The more I listen to these songs the more I like them. They are all quite
different from each other and feature a lot of changing sounds and effects.
The vocals are heavily accented and seem to struggle with the english words
at times. But it’s their somewhat angry and serious tone that allow them to
blend in with the music contained here.
The bottom line is that this CD sounds different from what you usually come
to expect from this genre of music. This is both a good and bad thing. It’s
good for variety, but it’s bad because it just doesn’t grab you. I would
suggest that you try before you buy.