Genre/Influences: Pop-rock, wave-rock.
Content: The opening song reminds me a bit of The House Martins, but quite rapidly moves into a mix of pop, rock and new-wave music. The sound is totally 80s-like while all vocals (except on “Le Feu”) have been sung in German.
+ + + : This work is a kind of documentary for all die-hard fans of Thomas Elbern. The CD has been featured in a sober, but alluring digipak. This is an opportunity to get a bit more familiar with the early work of those musicians while the songs also reflect the typical 80s sound. I noticed some cool guitar playing and a few great synth parts.
– – – : You really have to be a fan of Thomas Elbern or a 80s collector because this album is fun for a while, but rapidly annoying. Escape With Romeo became a great band because they’ve a real cool sound, but Seltsame Zustände had not.
Conclusion: I can’t say this album is a must have. It’s a nice gift to Thomas Elbern, but nothing more.
Best songs: “Paranoid”, “Le Feu”.