Album: "Collage" (2000)
Label: Indigo
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 13


Reviewed by: Darklight

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.