Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: German formation Beyond Obsession signed to Infacted Recordings to release their fourth full length album. Among previous albums, they released the album “Pieces Of Machinery” on Popgefahr Records (label of De/Vision). They’re now back on track unleashing nine new cuts.
Content: This band is clearly driven by the good-old magic from 80s electro-pop music. It’s not a coincidence their music reminds me of legendary icons such as the unavoidable Depeche Mode while I also have to mention Tears From Fears. The songs are driven by elaborated structures and a nervous rhythm. The ‘softer’ cuts have been accentuated by great melody lines. There also is a perfect balance between music and vocals.
+ + + : The main strength of this album is not exactly its 80s spirit and influences, but the way it has been transposed into a contemporary and personal synth-pop production. This mix makes the originality of the album. Both debut songs are worthy of examination, but I also recommend the somewhat harder “Need Puppets”.
– – – : Some of the softer cuts can’t convince me for being more monotonous. Even the vocals couldn’t totally convince me here.
Conclusion: Beyond Obsession has something apart from the electro-pop scene and yet it sounds familiar and clearly infused with 80s stereotypes.
Best songs: “Need Puppets”, “Speaking Of A Devil”, “Monolog Love”.