This is a reissue of the final release by this ‘80s Manchester, U.K. band, originally released in 1989. With its gothic tendencies, dance music beats, and English baritone vocalist, comparing this to Joy Division is the easy thing to do upon first listen. But, if you look past the vocalist’s delivery style, this actually doesn’t sound like Joy Division at all. Instead, this reminds me more of the lighter side of Killing Joke, Ministry, or Sisters Of Mercy. I’m sure there’s a market for this with the darkwave crowd, but I didn’t find it all too exciting.
–Mark Twistworthy (Drastic Plastic, drasticplasticrecords.com)