Test Dept.

Tactics for Evolution

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This recording from the very important and influential Test Dept. may prove a difficult pill to swallow for diehard fans. Is this repetitive dance music, joining in on the electronica craze? Granted, their production flavors and samples keep much of the tracks dark and distant from neon disco hell, but from the liner notes, it seems Test Dept. is prepared to charge ahead into the techno fracas even if great "loss" is necessary. This album is difficult dance music with the occasional redeeming quality of pre-industrial electronic spice -- consider this a better than average house record, but a lesser than expected Test Dept. record. Looking back on 17 years of peerless creation, it is sad to see Test Dept. culminating by fitting into a trendy genre.

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