Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Gary Starky and Sandra Tully are back with their second opus, which just as “Forward/Return” is driven by good-old 80s electro-pop music. The British duo has composed ten new songs while the work has been completed by five remixes.
Content: The album takes off with a rather atypical song, which sounds more into minimalism and still an intelligent experimental pop format. But quite rapidly Subject.2 moves towards classical electro-pop music; songs that will make you feel good. Songs you can sing along and getting you a big smile on the face. Gary and Sandra are singing, often alternating the songs, but still singing together.
The song “Nobody’s There” has been remixed by Daniel Zieske, Diskodiktator, Substaat and two remixes by Frohm.
+ + + : This is music that will give you happiness; catchy songs with cool melodies and danceable vibes. There’s nothing innovative here, but it reminds me to some songs of Erasure while other cuts are more into the Elegant Machinery style. The debut song is a kind of intro, but still a great and intelligent piece of music, which sounds more personal than the rest of the tracklist. I also noticed songs with great sound treatments like “Come Back To Me” and “Nobody’s There”.
– – – : I can’t say that I’ve been disappointed by the remixes, which are okay, but not exactly adding that little more to the work.
Conclusion: If you like the good-old synth-pop music from the 80s, Subject.2 is for sure a devoted servant, transposing the original influences into a refreshing sonic outfit.
Best songs: “Inspiration”, “Come Back To Me”, “These Things”, “Nobody’s There”, “The subject Is 2”.
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