1. Aesthetic Perfection – ‘Til Death – (4.4/5 stars)
Daniel Graves blasts my brain as I listen the first time to ‘Til Death. I liked the albums before, but this one sounds like a “best of” album. One dancefloor hit hunts the next. This was definitely one of my favorite albums of 2014. I’m excited what comes next.
2. Erasure – The Violet Flame – (4.3/5 stars)
Erasure’s The Violet Flame is almost a perfect synth pop album. It’s full packed of dreamy tunes, iconic pop hymns, it’s simply an album made with a lot of passion. My personal highlights are Elevation, Reason, Sacred and Paradise. My dear Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, thank you so much for this masterpiece of music.
3. Pre/Verse – Obstacles – (4/5 stars)
Rough EBM / Synthpop beats with fantastic sounding guitars that are Pre/Verse. I am extremely happy that I found by accident concerning the music video Trace Of Water this great band. You should definitely check it out! Only the opener No Faith In My God and My Shadow Track Has A Gun are rather mediocre.
4. Too Dead To Die – Murder On The Dance Floor – (3.92/5 stars)
On his debut album, Too Dead To Die has done everything right. The style of music is very exciting. It moves between Synthpop from the lyrical aspect, but these are accompanied with hard EBM and Dance beats. The first single Another Sin is definitely a potential club hit.
5. And One – Magnet (Triologie I) – (3.83/5 stars)
I love And One since the early 90s. With the Virgin Superstar they has screwed it quite a long time with me. With Military Fashion Show and the EP Zerstörer they have some well done on the ground again. With the album Magnet (Triologie I) And One has found its old strength back and that’s a good thing.
6. Deine Lakaien – Crystal Palace – (3.8/5 stars)
The Indicator is now quite a few years back and Deine Lakaien presents Crystal Palace. Since the band has always staggers experimentel between synthpop and darkwave, each new album is always a bit of a surprise. It’s a well done album where there is not much to complain about. Farwell, Crystal Palace and Why The Stars are my favorite tracks on this album.
7. Client – Authority – (3.75/5 stars)
To review the new album Authority from Client is like a walk on the edge for me. Brilliant highlights are the tracks Authority, You Can Dance and Refuge and on the other hand there are these annoying “skip” tracks like Design, XXX Action and as most the track Artificial. But 3 bad out of 12 songs doesn’t make a bad album. I look positively forward to the next Client album.
8. William Control – The Neuromancer – (3,73/5 stars)
Synthpop mixed with Darkwave, plus a splash of Rock’n’roll lifestyle that is William Control. The voice is dark and charismatic. The songs are, with some exceptions consistently great. To listen I recommend Revelator and God Is Dead.
9. Faderhead – Atoms & Emptiness – (3.55/5 stars)
Atoms & Emptiness is a certainly good album. However, it fascinates me not so properly. Stand Up and I Forget are in any case two super club songs. There are another 4 songs with a 4 star rating, but the rest is rather average.