The Sweetest Condition – We Defy Oblivion


'The Sweetest Condition' on the path of Industrial Pop

While the pre­curs­or 'Edge Of The World' was more driv­en of Synth Pop and Darkwave sounds, 'We Defy Oblivion' comes with a much more rough­er and heav­ier sound now. There is a heavy use of elec­tric gui­tars on all songs, and it sounds that 'The Sweetest Condition' have define their music new. They simply call it 'Industrial Pop'. I only can agree that this genre descrip­tion fits at best.

The severe side of a sweet condition

The first sounds of the open­er 'Deconstructing' has a typ­ic­al EBM sequen­cer loop, the beat how­ever sounds a bit more ana­log to it. This com­bin­a­tion make it already sound interesst­ing. Within the chor­us you get sur­prised by the heavy sound­ing elec­tro gui­tars. An awe­some opener!

The second and third songs line up per­fectly after the great open­ing. But the fourth track 'Knock Us Down' has a much faster beat and hav­ing the poten­tial to become a club clas­sic. Even when this song is lyr­ic­ally a polit­ic­al inspired one, it's abso­lutely dance­able. Free accord­ing to the German slo­gan: "Tanzt kaputt, was euch kaputt macht!".

Achtung! This record includes German lyrics

Speaking of German! On the album there is the song 'Nein Nein Nein'. Overall this is a gor­geous track. Of course this track also comes with an elec­tric gui­tar, but sounds over­all a bit more elec­tric then the rest of the album. Two things come into my mind as I heard this song. First, if the German band 'Rammstein' would have a female sing­er, I can ima­gine that it would sound sim­il­ar to this track. Furthermore I was sur­prised how accur­ate Leslie Benson pro­noun­cing the German chor­us: "Ich will mehr, aber du sagst nein!". Congrats!

Brevity is the soul of wit

I'm in love with this catchy and romantic song 'Depths Of Hell'. Even it's not polit­ic­al motiv­ated, it integ­rates lyr­ic­ally beau­ti­ful in the concept of the album.

'Burn The City' is tech­nic­ally a great song for radio broad­cast­ing. I guess this one has the biggest 'Electrorock' factor. Sonically it's a bit more smooth­er and softer.

What do I fear at most? Except that love is not enough, I fear at most that the last track of a record is an unmo­tiv­ated piano bal­lad. In this case I'm happy to get dis­ap­poin­ted. 'Unforgiven' is a mag­ni­fi­cent song that could be placed near to the pole pos­i­tion of the record.

Final thoughts

'The Sweetest Condition' have man­aged to keep the high song qual­ity up to the end of the album. I have to give in, that I didn't found a high­light on this record, but I'm really sat­is­fied of the con­sist­ant qual­ity of almost all song. Almost? Well, I have rated the song 'Keep Turning Me On' with only 3 stars. The song isn't bad at all, it's just that this track sounds a bit too gen­er­ic to me.

If you are visu­ally influ­enced by the cov­er art­work, and expect an album that sounds like 'Nine Inch Nails' then your music­ally search will be fruit­less. It's def­in­itely more melod­ic, because it's Industrial with a pinch of Pop and a touch of Rock. If you accept this genre mix chal­lenge, we strongly recom­mend you 'We defy Oblivion'.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2016‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

The Sweetest Condition We Defy Oblivion
The Sweetest Condition – We Defy Oblivion
Don't Cross Me
Knock Us Down
Keep Turning Me On
Depths Of Hell
Burn This City
Nein Nein Nein
Knock Us Down
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Don't Cross Me
Knock Us Down
Keep Turning Me On
Depths Of Hell
Burn This City
Nein Nein Nein
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