M.I.N.E. – Unexpected Truth Within (CD Album – Oblivion / SPV)
Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, indie-pop.
Background/Info: This new German formation is the meeting between Camouflage singer Marcus Meyn, Jochen Schmalbach, guitarist Volker Hinkel (Fool’s Garden) and drummer/producer Jochen Schmalbach.
Content: What might you expect from a project featuring Camouflage singer Marcus Meyn? This album sounds as classical electro-pop music can sound! The songs reflect a perfect harmony between electronics, guitar and drums. The songs are constantly evoking Depeche Mode and De/Vision.
+ + + : This album is not the most innovative one, but it’s carried by a great production! The professionalism and talent of the artists comes rapidly through and finally resulted in a great opus featuring numerous cool songs. There’s a perfect balance between electronics and guitar while most of the songs are carried by great choruses. From melancholic- to happy passages, this album covers all familiar aspects of electro-pop music.
– – – : Originality is far to find and that’s definitely the main –and single, problem with this album. There’s only one Depeche Mode and an endless number of Depeche Mode followers!
Conclusion: This album has something schizophrenic; it’s definitely a great work featuring multiple cool songs, but it’s also that predictable and without any single innovation!
Best songs: “Undone”, “Lean On”, “White Trash”, “Dangerous”, “Things We’ve Done”.
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