Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, wave-pop.
Background/Info: French trio ‘ZeN’ (vocals, keyboards, programming), ‘Soe V’ (vocals, keyboards) and Peter Rainman (keyboards, programming and backing vocals) are back on track unleashing their newest full length. The band has already been ctive since the early 90s.
Content: If you’re a bit familiar with the sound of Waiting For Words, you’ll easily recognize the pop approach with a typical retro/80s touch on top. But the album is also driven by a modern touch and other indie-pop elements. There’s a constant movement from pure old-school elements into a refreshing kind of electro/wave-pop music. Now melancholic and then more danceable, the work covers a wide range of influences. Next to the male vocals there’re also a few male-female duo songs.
+ + + : The beginning part of the album is characterized by a sensual touch, which you can find back in the singing, but also in the music. The main strength of the album and this band however remain the retro-feeling, which you’ll notice in some good-old rhythm-box sounds and melody lines. This is synthesizer music for the addicts with a mature production process.
– – – : This is an easy listening work, but I’m missing potential hits and/or real highlights. It all sounds sweet and ‘clean’, but this band can do better!
Conclusion: “Egocracy” features a few cool songs, but not that single song that will make you buy the album without hesitation.
Best songs: “Away”, “Great New World”, “Egocracy”.