Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “1991” is the Stochholm (Sweden) based Yestergrey project’s debut album. Yestergrey claims to be ‘a project specifically designed to fill the present void of sombre synth-pop/wave of the 12-bit sampling era’.
Content: Sweden remains one of the most prolific grounds for electro-pop artists and Yestergrey definitely belongs to this category. The originality is far to find as most of the songs sound like an ode to Depeche Mode. Low resonating bass lines and most of the sound arrangements are evoking Depeche Mode.
+ + + : The least I can say is that most of the songs are well-crafted. “Life In Stride” is an accomplished track revealing the writing skills of this artist. In a somewhat different way “Aftermath” is a more refreshing song and a bit different from the rest.
– – – : The problem with all Depeche Mode clones is that they’re missing their own sound DNA. This album is an easy listening experience, but without anything new, just like you’ve already heard 1000 times before.
Conclusion: Listening to Depeche Mode copyists make me always realize there’s only one Depeche Mode and none of these clones have ever become better or more successful!
Best songs: “Life In Stride”, “Aftermath”, “Sideways”.