Jesus Jones

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Perverse Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Perverse attempts to expand on the success Jesus Jones enjoyed with Doubt, not only commercially but artistically as well. This is one of the first albums to be recorded entirely through a computer. Musically, Perverse is a synthesis of techno/rave dance music with traditional pop/rock songs and structures; it's an ambitious album that works sporadically. Bandleader Mike Edwards lost sight of most of the pop-song sensibility that made "Right Here, Right Now" an across-the-boards smash. Too often, the hooks are submerged beneath layers of computerized noise and aren't strong enough to pull themselves out. When Perverse clicks, Jesus Jones gives the listener an idea of how enjoyable a successful marriage of techno and rock could be.

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