What is the best Parralox album ever?

What is the best Parralox album ever?

We rated every studio album track by track

To find out which is the best Parralox album, I did the work and rated every single album track by track. I sum­mar­ized the res­ult in a rank­ing that you can find here. At the end of the art­icle, the val­ues are again clearly arranged, shown chro­no­lo­gic­ally in a curve graph.

A paradox: 150+ releases but only 6 studio albums

The Parralox cata­logue is enorm­ous! John von Ahlen makes music with devo­tion­al pas­sion in num­bers that would take oth­er artists dec­ades to make, and he does it along­side his jobs. I would like to take this oppor­tun­ity to express my utmost respect for this achieve­ment. Among all these releases, how­ever, there are only a few "real stu­dio albums" with ori­gin­al songs. The major­ity are cov­er, remix or EP releases. But here we going to find out what the best Parralox stu­dio album ever is.

The best Parralox album charts

Parralox ‎- Aeronaut

6. Parralox ‎- Aeronaut

Release: 2015
Overall Rating: 3.68 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Aeronaut, Solid State, Companion, Mystery, Somebody II, Atmosphere, Wrong Or Right
Weak tracks: Zero

One thing in advance: there is no such thing as a bad Parralox album! Even though the 2015 album 'Aeronaut' has landed in last place here, it is still more than good with an over­all rat­ing of 3.68 stars. The title track 'Aeronaut (offi­cial music video)', 'Mystery' and 'Companion' are my favour­ite songs on the album. The many mediocre songs brought the rat­ing down a bit here.

  1. Aeronaut 5
  2. Do You Feel What I Feel? 3
  3. Solid State 4
  4. Companion 4.5
  5. Mystery 5
  6. Somebody II 4
  7. Together 3
  8. Atmosphere 4
  9. Wrong Or Right 3
  10. Zero 2
  11. Miranda 3

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Parralox ‎- Electricity

5. Parralox ‎- Electricity

Release: 2008
Overall Rating: 3.73 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Europa, I Fell In Love With A Drum Machine, Eastern Wall, Sharper Than A Knife, Lovely, I Heart U, The End Of Summer
Weak tracks: (None)

It was a very good decision to call the debut album 'Electricity' and to keep the visu­als clean but rich in con­trast. With this, Parralox, as a still quite unknown band in the scene, cre­ated visu­al atten­tion and with the name of the album you already know that you don't have to fear gui­tar-heavy rock. The debut already shines with many good synth pop / elec­tro pop songs. The biggest hit on the album with the only 5‑star rat­ing is 'Sharper Than A Knife' in my opin­ion. Parralox hit the bull's eye with this one.

  1. Europa 4
  2. Black Jeans 3
  3. Electricity 3.5
  4. I Fell In Love With A Drum Machine 4
  5. Eastern Wall 4
  6. Sharper Than A Knife 5
  7. Lovely 4
  8. I Heart U 4
  9. You And Me Both 3.5
  10. X Minus One 3.5
  11. Underground 3
  12. We Believe In Electric Love 3.5
  13. Factory Friends 3
  14. The End Of Summer 4
  15. Should Not Be 4

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Parralox - Genesis

4. Parralox – Genesis

Release: 2019
Overall Rating: 3.89 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Tears Of Faith (Feat Jane Badler), System Of Pleasure, Robots Of The World Unite, Revelation, Nemesis, Under The Skin, The Future, Resurrection, Hurricane
Weak tracks: (None)

The 2019 album 'Genesis' fea­tures two well-known guests. Jane Badler from the 80s series 'V' and Ian Burden from the band 'The Human League'.

'Genesis' is a catchy and 80s spir­it filled album with many vari­ations in the typ­ic­al Parralox son­ic uni­verse. I always love the subtle retro sci-fi sound effects that give the songs that extra pinch of nos­tal­gia. My per­son­al high­light on the album is the mel­an­chol­ic and some­what dark­er track 'The Future'.

  1. Tears Of Faith (Feat Jane Badler) 4
  2. Goodbye Berlin 3.5
  3. System Of Pleasure 4
  4. Robots Of The World Unite 4.5
  5. Revelation 4
  6. Sueño Latino 3
  7. Nemesis 4.5
  8. Cadenas de Oro (Feat Ian Burden) 3
  9. Under The Skin 4
  10. Reckless 3.5
  11. Über Ding 3
  12. The Future 5
  13. Resurrection 4
  14. Hurricane 4.5

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Parralox ‎- Subculture

3. Parralox ‎- Subculture

Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 4.0 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Electric Nights, Key To The Door Of Heaven, Change Of Heart, A Question Of Love, Jupiter, Pressure Point, Overdrive, Last Year At Marienbad, Last Man Standing, Voyager II, Rocket Science II
Weak tracks: 86G

The 2016 Parralox album 'Subculture' con­tains two of my favour­ite songs by the band. Maybe they are also unusu­al, because they are not single releases. One is the infin­itely sad bal­lad 'A Question Of Love', which reg­u­larly brings tears to my eyes. This is mel­an­choly at the highest level.

The fol­low-up song 'Jupiter' is the second num­ber on the album and hits the same note. Two super emo­tion­ally charged songs for which you should be emo­tion­ally strong, but if you let your­self get involved, these songs are true soul healers.

  1. Paradise 3
  2. Electric Nights 4.5
  3. Key To The Door Of Heaven 4
  4. Gimme Back My Lovin 3
  5. Change Of Heart 4.5
  6. A Question Of Love 5
  7. Jupiter 5
  8. Pressure Point 4
  9. Overdrive 4
  10. Last Year At Marienbad 4
  11. Last Man Standing 4
  12. Voyager II 4
  13. Rocket Science II 4.5
  14. 86G 2.5

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Parralox ‎- Metropolis

2. Parralox ‎- Metropolis

Release: 2010
Overall Rating: 4.08 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Ancient Times. I Sing The Body Electric, Promised Land, Supermagic, Miracles, Acrimony
Weak tracks: (None)

It's always nice when a new album by an artist or band you like is packed with new songs. However, the main pit­fall is always that there are too many gap-fillers and unne­ces­sary inter­ludes, which tend to have a neg­at­ive effect on a track's track rat­ing. For some, the album exper­i­ence as a whole may be more import­ant than the indi­vidu­al songs. To be able to com­pare albums as object­ively as pos­sible (at least intern­ally), we believe in the track-by-track rat­ing and here it has often turned out that albums with few­er songs per­form better.

So I was sur­prised with the res­ult for the album 'Metropolis', which I thought was not that strong. After I took the effort to rate every single track, I had to real­ise what a fine synth pop / elec­tro pop pearl this is.

  1. Ancient Times 4.5
  2. I Sing The Body Electric 5
  3. Love Is Enough 4
  4. Miss You 4
  5. Promised Land 5
  6. What About You 3.5
  7. Supermagic 5
  8. Miracles 4.5
  9. Acrimony 4.5
  10. Machines 3
  11. Failure 3
  12. New Light 3

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Parralox ‎- State Of Decay

1. Parralox ‎- State Of Decay

Release: 2009
Overall Rating: 4.25 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Beautiful World, Universe, I Love You, Isn't It Strange, Hotter, Be Careful What You Wish For, Moonwalking, I Am Human, How Do You Break A Robot's Heart?
Weak tracks: (None)

At the top of the rank­ing is the 2009 album 'State Of Decay', with five strong 5‑star songs and two songs that are close to the highest rat­ing with 4.5 stars. It is well known that the second album of a band is always the hard­est release. Can it top the debut? Does the second album stand out enough from the debut without being labelled a cheap copy? The pres­sure is enorm­ous. But 'John von Ahlen' has put all the love, pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity into this album. The res­ult is a fant­ast­ic synth pop album that has very few rivals in this rat­ing league.

  1. Beautiful World 5
  2. Universe, I Love You 4.5
  3. Isn't It Strange 5
  4. When The Walls Came Tumbling Down 3.5
  5. Hotter 4.5
  6. Be Careful What You Wish For 5
  7. Moonwalking 4
  8. I Am Human 5
  9. Peter 3
  10. Two Hearts 3.5
  11. How Do You Break A Robot's Heart? 5
  12. Time 3

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All Parralox albums in a chart overview

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Spotify playlist: The best of Parralox

In the Spotify playl­ist 'The Best of Parralox' are all songs with 4.5 or 5 stars in the rat­ing. At least when the album is avail­able on Spotify.

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A beautiful Parralox memory

John von Ahlen and Thomas Frenken at Subterrane Records in Melbourne (2016)
John von Ahlen and Thomas Frenken at Subterrane Records in Melbourne (2016)

At this point I would like to share with you one of my favour­ite memor­ies in the Electrozombies his­tory. During our Australian hol­i­day in 2016, we were in Melbourne, among oth­er places. The only thing I knew about the city at that time was that Parralox is based here. After a brief chat via Messenger, John von Ahlen spon­tan­eously agreed to a meet­ing. I am still grate­ful today that he invited us to his stu­dio (Subterrane Records) des­pite his busy sched­ule and little time. Thank you for this won­der­ful meet­ing, the insights into new songs and an ever­last­ing memory.

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