And One

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First of all, And One deserve kudos for singing in their native German rather than embarrassing themselves, as so many of their European colleagues do, with lyrics in pidgin English. (It sort of undermines the darkness and intensity of your delivery if your unsteady grammar makes you sound like a syntactically confused fourth grader.) Second of all, And One also deserve kudos for keeping alive the sound of vintage Belgian EBM while subtly deepening and updating it with such novel touches as real melodies and occasional flourishes of rhythmic syncopation. Songs like "Kein Anfang" (No Beginning) and "Krieger" (Warrior) feature both soaring melodies and downright lovely backing vocals along with the requisite jackboot rhythms and ominously burbling synthesizer, and if "Sternradio" (the name of a popular Berlin dance club) suffers from the sudden incursion of an inexplicable chipmunk voice, well, that's what passes for whimsy in the industrial community. Recommended.

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