Greater Than One


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On G-Force, Greater Than One's final album for the pioneering Wax Trax! label, the duo finally comes fully into its own with a completely integrated hybrid of industrial music in the same general style as that of Front Line Assembly and KMFDM; cut-and-paste sample-based funk similar to that of Colourbox; hip- hop, and ethnomusicology. This album offers the most balanced and fully realized sound of the group's catalog, and also features some of their most interesting musical choices: "Alpha 5" incorporates what sounds like an excerpt from the Thomas Tallis motet "Spem in Alium" into a funky sample-fest that moves in an unsettled manner from one texture to another; "The Ballet of the Three Feathered Sardines" reads like a charming tribute to early 20th century surrealism; "Learn with Pleasure; Knowledge Is Power" puts yet more choral and classical samples to work in the service of what sounds like a suspiciously Maoist theme. One quick note to the vocalists: if you're going to growl in German, make sure your pronunciation is correct; otherwise, you run the risk of inducing giggles in the more educated segments of the bourgeoisie rather than the dread that seems to be the point. Overall, this is an excellent reissue set and can be highly recommended to all fans of vintage industrial music.

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