Genre/Influences: Minimal-Electro, Electro-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: “Chemical” is the third album by American female artist Veronica Campbell. The album has been introduced as a ’perverse, dark-electronic journey infused with themes of nihilism, inhibition, and deception’. She composed the songs during the recovery of a surgery.
Content: Death Loves Veronica is mixing elements of Electro-Wave and pure Electro-Minimalism with Experimental components on top. Analog electronics have been now and then empowered by guitar riffs. The production of the vocals has something cold and pretty sterile, reminiscent of 80s productions.
+ + + : It’s hard to say if it’s because of a ‘female’ touch, but this work has something personal and different from most productions. I like the retro-elements evoking good-old Electro-Wave, which are matching with the production of the vocals. Some vocals are cold and without any emotions while other passages have something icy, sensual-like. The first half of the album reveals great songs carried by deep, resonating bass lines and numerous Electro effects. There’re also a few great songs in the second part of the album; “Death Kiss” is driven by a harder kick and “The Sinner” has something pretty dark-sexy like.
– – – : A few songs in the midst of the album (cf. “There’s Nothing Left”, “Red Leather” and “Abhorrent”) are slower and more Experimental-like, but not exactly the most convincing ones creating a kind of anti-climax.
Conclusion: “Chemical” is a cool piece of music, which will ravish all lovers of Minimal-Electronics.
Best songs: “LIES”, “Burn”, “The Sinner”, “Death Kiss”, “The Darkest Place”.