Background/Info: Italian artist Michael Ryder is already active under the TourdeForce moniker since 2004. A few albums saw the daylight, but “Very Industrial People” is the first new full length album in four years.
Content: The sound and influences running through this album can be considered as ‘classical’ electro-pop elements with some extra electro-wave ideas on top. It’s a somewhat sweet band easy listening with retro (80s) influences, but still revealing a few club-driven songs. Several guest (backing) singers have been asked to achieve several songs. The album is diversified and still features a few little surprises like the chorus of “Fight For Your Right”, which clearly is a wink to the legendary hit of the Beastie Boys.
+ + + : Speaking for myself I became more under the influence of the ‘harder’ cuts. They’re just more club-orientated and I especially want to mention “Innocence Of The Beast” as absolute highlight. It’s a danceable and melodic song. Another attention grabber is “Panic”, which is quite danceable as well, but still featuring a cool electro-wave touch plus excellent female vocals by Jenna Christensen. “Office Punk” is another noticeable track for its EBM elements. Another track I want to mention is “Dresden” for the great and poignant lyrics. TourdeForce is not what I would call a band with a message, but the lyrics have a real deeper signification. “Very Industrial People” is an album that will please to synth-lovers. I also have to say a word about the great and epic-like artwork of the front cover.
– – – : This album features 16 songs, which is an element I highly appreciate. There are a few cool songs although I’m missing more highlights.
Conclusion: “Very Industrial People” is a globally sweet and entertaining electro-pop work, but which is maybe missing that little extra to speak about a fully successful work. I think this band can do better.
Best songs: “Panic”, “Office Punk”, “Once We Were Kids”, “Innocence Of The Beast”.
Since you’re here …
… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can - and we refuse to add annoying advertising. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.
Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.
If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
The donations are safely powered by Paypal.