Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Alex Tibaldi and Robert Tibaldi are already busy for quite a long time. “Connected” is their third opus released at the end of 2018 (and has been lately promoted. The previous album “Touching The Void” was released on ScentAir Records in 2015.
Content: “Connected” smells like pure synth-pop music. The Depeche Mode influence is clearly noticeable, but there also is a space-like touch reminding me of early electronic pioneers like Van Gelis. Some other –and more ‘modern’ cuts might appeal for lovers of Neuroactive.
+ + + : “Connected” is a well-crafted work where you can notice the band’s maturity. It’s not what I would call an ‘original’ album, but the main strength is emerging from the retro-like sound treatments and the production of the vocals. Among the most noticeable cuts I’ll mention “Still Alive” for its astral-driven sequences, “Burning” which is somewhat evoking Van Gelis and “Trapped” for the Depeche Mode style.
– – – : “Connected” sounds sweet, but is missing some substance and especially a potential hit.
Conclusion: “Connected” is an enjoyable listening, but not exactly setting the world alight. I expected a bit more from this work.
Best songs: “Burning”, “Still Alive”, “Trapped”.
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