Avenging Angels [CD1]

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Avenging Angels CD1 captures Space transversing inspired realms, at least in spurts. The title song, taken from Tin Planet, is about as catchy and interesting as a pop song can be. Its mix of sinister yet optimistic themes and bubbly great hooks are completely infectious. Who knew that a song about guardian angels could be both evil and touching at the same time? "I Am Unlike a Lifeform You've Ever Met" is less interesting, with a trip-hop feel that sees the band trying a sound more in tune with Tricky. The music is relatively charming, but the garbled vocals aren't nearly as creepy as the band intended. "Bastard Me, Bastard You" is the real winner among the B-sides, with its excellent blipping vibes and its catchy sonic textures. The song's vocals are vicious, but quite fun: "these are minor technicalities as long as you die" and "I love you so much I hate you" make for an enjoyably mean-spirited listening party. "Theme From 'Baretta Vendetta'" closes the single with sci-fi aplomb, sounding like the score to a space-themed television show; it's a techno barnstormer with style to spare. Avenging Angels CD1 is required listening for fans of Space, if only for its inclusion of "Bastard Me, Bastard You."

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