Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Wave-Pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “Numb” is the fourth full length for the keyboarder of Project Pitchfork. Dirk Scheuber took off with the excellent “The Me I See” in 2016 and moved on releasing “Changes” (2017) and “Shades” (2019).
Content: The global approach on “Numb” is quite comparable to previous releases. Scheuber is mixing different elements related to Electro/Wave-pop music. The opening song “Mindflux” even has something Future-Pop driven. The songs are again accomplished with carrying choruses. Most of the tracks are danceable, but “Numb” also reveals a few calmer passages revealing a sensible and somewhat melancholic side of the musician.
+ + + : If Scheuber’s debut album was a great surprise, both following works never reached a similar level. “Numb” remains easily recognizable through its danceable and melodic approach, but I prefer this work to both predecessors. First there’s a real great opening song “Mindflux”, which clearly sounds for the dancefloor. Next there’s a perfect twist between danceable beats and sensitive passages revealing subtle piano arrangements and melancholic Electro atmospheres. “Tempting Fate” perfectly illustrates this approach, but I also have to mention “Chrystal Eyes” for its impressive progression. Last, but not least Dirk Scheuber once again proves he’s a real captivating vocalist.
– – – : Scheuber’s sound formula hasn’t that changed since the first album. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it sometimes becomes a bit predictable.
Conclusion: Scheuber clearly is much more than the Project Pitchfork keyboardist; he’s an artist with a very own sound who has already released four albums featuring a couple of great songs!
Best songs: “Mindflux”, “Tempting Fate”, “Chrystal Eyes”, “Prediction”.
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