May 22, 2024

Alien Skin – Negative Plus (Album – Alien Skin)

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: George Pappas strikes back with the fourteenth album of his Alien Skin project. He’ll always be connected with the famous Australian 80s formation Real Life but that was in a former life. After having released several albums on the Russian label ScentAir Records this work is a self-released production.

Content: Alien Skin stands for nostalgia ; pure retro-like Electro-Pop although with a contemporary touch on top. Most of the songs are evasive and pretty minimal but also featuring melancholic passages, electronic ballads and a few more danceable parts.

+ + + : I especially like the vintage sound treatments which are clearly into the 80s spirit. The analogue sounds have this part of magic. Alien Skin also is a band with a very own approach; not the kind of band you’ll compare to another. I like the more minimal and even somewhat inhibited “I Keep A Photo Of You”, the danceable “The Sedative Is Wearing Off” and the melodic, evasive, “Now Or Never”.

– – – : I honestly didn’t experience this work as Alien Skin’s best one. I’m missing some passion and too many songs without a true climax. From a very personal point of view I’ve never been a huge fan of songs ending with a fade out; which however was a typical 80s trick.

Conclusion: Respect for the long and prolific career of this artist but this is not the album I would recommend to discover Alien Skin.

Best songs: “I Keep A Photo Of You”, “The Sedative Is Wearing Off”, “Now Or Never”.

Rate: 6.


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