Joy/Disaster – Resurrection (CD Album – Manic Depression Records)
Genre/Influences: Rock-wave, punk-rock.
Background/Info: French formation Joy/Disaster is already active since 2005 and has released several productions since then. “Resurrection” is their second album released on Manic Depression Records.
Content: The songs reveal a powerful approach in sound merging different elements together. I got the impression to get back in the 80s and reminding the rock-punk style of Billy Idol. The sound is pretty dark, but constantly bringing different influences together. Some songs have been empowered by solid choruses.
+ + + : The main strength of this album is its diversity, which might appeal for a wider range of music freaks. I especially like the cold flavor recovering the songs. From punk to rock to cold-wave Joy/Disaster brings them all together while driven by a talented vocalist. The artistic digipak is a nice, little bonus to this album.
– – – : “Resurrection” is the kind of easy listening and even entertaining work although without real potential hits. It rather sounds average-like while the ‘softer’ songs can’t convince me at any single moment.
Conclusion: Joy/Disaster is active for more than 10 years now, but didn’t get a real consecration. I’m afraid “Resurrection” will not change this situation. It’s not bad, but definitely not groundbreaking!
Best songs: “Evolution”, “New Generation”.