The oddly named German quartet Celebrate the Nun specializes in dark yet danceable synth pop, and the band scored a couple of U.S. danceclub hits with "She's a Secretary" and "Will You Be There." Both tunes are included on Celebrate the Nun's 1988 debut, Meanwhile, and the rest of the album offers a pleasant mix of catchy, lightweight synth arrangements and gothic overtones (think Xymox). There are hooks aplenty on Meanwhile, and member Britt Maxime contributes female vocals that add a nice touch to many of the tunes, particularly on "She's a Secretary" and "Maybe Tomorrow" (she even sings lead on the Book of Love-ish ballad "Cry No More"). Unfortunately, the bland, robotic vocal style of leader H.P. Baxxter somewhat undermines the band's strengths. Still, Meanwhile should please fans of the genre.
AllMusic Review by William Cooper