We all grow older. Everyday it happens, the relentless march
of time on our bodies and spirits and minds. But just because
it is unstoppable doesn't make necessary our early fall into a
benign oldness. Die Warzau was once a tremendous force
on the industrial dancefloor, slamming down four-on-the-floor
beats backed by some vicious synth lines and aggressive lyrical
content. It seems that age has caught up to the Die Warzau guys,
as it catches up to the best of us.
Convenience, the newest release from Die Warzau, lacks
much in the way of industrial feel and aggro anything. What it
does have, however, is smooth beats and crystal clean production
on somewhat tame, but entrancing songs. More Savage Garden
than Front 242, Convenience is a fine collection
of songs from the minds of Van Christie and Jim Marcus
(the two guys that founded Die Warzau in the late 80's). The songs
are very accessible from many angles, and should appeal to not
only the aging EBM/rivethead set, but also to younger audiences
who may want a bit more reflection in their semi-industrial rock.
The real showcase on Convenience is the production talent
of the Die Warzau duo. Their tenure as producers for the likes
of Bjork and KMFDM, as well as working on their
own music, has most definitely paid off. This new music has much
more of the light trip-hop/R'N'B feel you might expect from the
likes of P.M. Dawn rather than the heavy beats that older
fans are accustomed to.
The overall sonic quality of this record is smooth. Even the
rough edged sounds have a kind of polished finesse to them,
like a diamond with sharp edges that fails to cut. But Die Warzau
shows that you needn't bleed to feel.
2. Go Going gone
4. Radiation Babies
11. Gone Chemical
13. King Of Rock and Roll
14. Come As You Are
15. As We Are So We Are
16. Shine (All Good Girls Pt.2)
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