Fans of '80s pop may find Atrocity’s name all too appropriate when they hear the German act’s new record, WERK 80 II. An album of metallic synth-slick covers of hits from new wave heavyweights such as Ah-Ha, Simple Minds, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, WERK 80 II treats material often viewed as lightweight with the reverence and gravity that many of the songs deserve. Bronski Beat’s melancholy “Smalltown Boy” is inflated with metallic grandeur and a mournful choir, and the dorm room staple “Don’t You Forget About Me” is juiced with a forceful chorus. No matter your opinion on the source material, it’s definitely fun.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Forget