Neuroticfish

Sushi

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Combining three singles onto one CD, Sushi serves as a good introduction to the world of German electronic artists Neurotic Fish. Despite the overabundance of "Wake Me Up!" mixes (there are four in all), this album is a nice blend of hard techno beats, synth pop keyboards, and the dark vocals of S.M. Klein. His voice is much like David Gahan's melancholy croon mixed with the darkness of John Balance, singer of the '80s noise terrorists Coil. It is these vocals that make the album work; the music really comes to life with Klein moaning over the top of it. The more recent material is the best. Songs like "Care" and "Mechanic of the Sequence (Smooth)" have some incredibly memorable synth riffs and good vocals. Elsewhere, the gunshots ringing out over "All I Say" make for a memorable listening experience, and the extended dance version of "Wake Me Up!" reveals a large electronic soundscape brimming with noises and lush keyboards. There are some tracks that never really quite work (a good example is "Velocity"). The song tries hard to create a memorable beat and vocal hook, but it never really gels and the track becomes overlong and dull because of it. Still, fans of synth pop should get a kick out of this. There is a lot of good material, and Klein was born to sing music like this.

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