John Foxx / Louis Gordon

The Pleasures of Electricity

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Former Ultravox leader John Foxx continues to explore his minimal, electronic pop on THE PLEASURES OF ELECTRICITY. Taking a cue from Kraftwerk, one of Foxx's most obvious stylistic touchstones, PLEASURES is a streamlined monorail of lock-step computer-generated beats and wiry synthesizer melodies with an equal emphasis on dark, atmospherics and energized, danceable rhythms.

But Foxx has a way with a witty hook, and the robotic feel of music (nearly all of his vocal tracks are electronically manipulated) is always tempered by appealing songcraft. The tongue-in-cheek disco feel of "Automobile," for example, brings a smile to the face, while "Camera" borders between heartbreak balladry and an off-the-cuff operatic chorus. Fans of Ultravox and early-1980s synth-pop will find much to appreciate on this moody and smartly assembled album.

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