1. Parralox – Recovery – (4.29/5 stars)
Recovery is as the name suggests a pure cover album of known hits. The selection of the songs I’m particularly pleased because about 80% of all-time favorites of mine are here. Parralox plays the tracks in an interesting way to breathe a new life. Lovers of cover songs should get this one!
2. Age Zero – Age Zero I – (4.25/5 stars)
The former singer Jan Weisbrod of the electro rock band Heavy-Current with his first solo project Age Zero. It’s a down-tempo electro album with great samples and gloomy lyrics. I personally needed a couple of listening, but now it’s one of my favorite albums.
3. Pet Shop Boys – Electric – (4.22/5 stars)
Electric is a rather unusual Pet Shop Boys album, but far better than its predecessor Elysium. It sounds like a strange way, futuristic electric, as it would be from a different time. Only the tracks Vocal, Thursday and The Last To Die are typical PSB pop anthem.
4. Depeche Mode – Delta Machine (Deluxe Version) – (3.94/5 stars)
As a long time Depeche Mode fan it’s really hard to do a track by track review. How can I be objective enough? Of course I love the album because it’s from Depeche Mode, but also every fan knows that there are always some “skip tracks”. These tracks aren’t bad, but usually not the best and I gave these tracks 3 stars. All other tracks are above the 3 star rating! It’s a great album, but DM did it better a couple of times in the past.
5. Hadouken! – Every Weekend – (3.92/5 stars)
Hadouken‘s music style is hard to describe. They themselves say that they are a Indietronic / new rave band, but also musical elements such as Hip Hop, Dubstep, Synth Pop and Electrorock can be found in their tracks. Bad Signal, Parasite and Oxygen I can only recommend to listen.
6. Solar Fake – Reasons To Kill – (3.91/5 stars)
Solar Fake obviously have found a formula to a consistently good synth to produce Pop Album. Although on the Reasons To Kill it a few weaker tracks, but in the overall picture, it is a beautiful, almost clichéd album. Soulful lyrics mate here with catchy melodies and danceable beats.
7. Mesh – Automation Baby – (3.86/5 stars)
Mesh always moves somewhere between synth pop and electro rock. This balancing act makes this album exciting and varied. The text line has stayed with me most remembered is: “I’m just so ordinary, that makes you ordinary too”. This album is anything but ordinary, rather a 100% buy recommendation.
8. Ben Ivory – Neon Cathedral – (3,85/5 stars)
For a debut album Ben Ivory has delivered a very good and solid synthpop album here. The song The Righteous Ones is especially dear to me. Powerful, strong construction and perfect for the dancefloor. Unfortunately, a little lack of dynamics in many of the other songs. Nevertheless, it is an excellent album and I’m curious what we will hear from Ben Ivory in the future.
9. Blitzkids Mvt. – Silhouettes – (3.75/5 stars)
For a debut album, the rating is pretty good. The songs Blinded, Break Free and Idiot after little listening fast becoming earworms. The whole album is consistently good produced. I hope that the band has not raised the bar too high for their second album.
10. Covenant – Leaving Babylon – (3.5/5 stars)
Leaving Babylon is a double-edged sword for me. To a great plan are there dance grenades like The Last Dance and Prime Movers. But on the other hand also annoying pieces like the experimentally sounding I Walk Slow or super long and inconsequential intrumental Leaving Babylon II which could drop the rating a bit down. “My heart is blackend” is an apt quote from this album, but hope dies last as known.