Is it okay to admit that listening to the Guano Apes' latest
album Bel Air (and first since their best of album in 2004)
brought upon a toe tapping mood within? I don't usually tap my toe,
but I could not help tapping said toe, or help bob my head... or feel
totally impressed and satisfied after listening to this catchy, hook
ridden album. Hmm... "satisfied"... that may just be the
perfect word to describe how one may feel after listening to this
Why? Because frankly, I often feel used, damnit. Often times, after
listening to a song, I feel as if what I just heard was an artist
simply using my ears and money as a means to an end. Not the case
with the Guano Apes.
This album brings an experience to the listener that is both fulfilling
and joyous. The Guano Apes mix haunting melodies with some beautiful
harmonies and an industrial/goth/dance sound with poppy hooks that
brings you to the understanding of why the word "hook" is
used to describe certain tunes. Seriously, listen to "When The
Ships Arrive" and tell me that doesn't stop you where you are
and get you moving. These finely crafted songs with an industrial
edge are fueled by singer Sandra Nasic, who brings the whole
package; sex appeal, a sense of fashion and, most importantly, a tremendous
voice with fantastic range to lead this sensational quartet. Her voice
can fluctuate from smooth to evil, gritty to serene. All the while
Henning Rümenapp, Stefan Ude, and Dennis Poschwatta
provide musicianship and a chemistry that obviously has gone nowhere
throughout their hiatus, but has remained top notch and intact for
the six years that this band was apart.
It's an absolute treat and fantastic set of songs that the Guano
Apes have released here for their adoring fans around the world. This
album is diverse, incredibly catchy, musically flawless and, needless
to say, a must have album for not just any Guano Apes enthusiast,
but any music enthusiast period.
After several years apart, they come back, and arguably better
than ever. And that's no cliché, that's the truth.
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