Latent Anxiety


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Electro-rock has come a long way over the years -- that's for sure. Back when Brian Eno, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Roxy Music started experimenting with synthesizers in the '70s, electronics sounded very self-conscious in pop/rock; synths were a new tool in the rock arsenal, and rockers were still finding their way on them. But since then, electronics have been employed so extensively in rock and pop/rock that they are very second-nature to many 20th century alternative pop/rockers -- including Ilja Rosendahl, the singer/composer/producer/guitarist who calls his project Latent Anxiety. Perception is the type of album in which high-tech electronics and the muscular attack of the electric rock guitar often go hand in hand; Rosendahl is big on studio gloss and technology, but he also knows how to rock. And he brings an intriguing variety of influences to this 2005 release -- influences ranging from trance on "Can You Feel" to Roxy Music's art rock on "Loose You" (as opposed to "Lose You") to Rob Zombie's industrialized electro-metal on "Trieb aus Trab" and "Come with Me." Clearly, everyone from Bowie and Thomas Dolby to Ministry, Einst├╝rzende Neubauten, and Nine Inch Nails has affected Rosendahl's quirky alternative pop/rock vision, and the result is a disc that is enjoyably unpredictable. The Los Angeles resident's willingness to try different things doesn't always pay off creatively; some of the tracks hold up better than others. Nonetheless, this is a CD that has many more ups than downs -- and while Perception is uneven, it is only slightly uneven. More often than not, Perception reminds you that pop/rock and electronica can (and should) be allies that work together for the greater good.

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