12/11/09

Zeigeist - The Jade Motel [2008]






Country: Sweden
Style: Indierock, Experimental, Synthpop
Format: Mp3
CBR: 44.1Khz, 320kbps.

Listen to them once and you'd be forgiven for mistaking Zeigeist for fellow Swedish art poppers The Knife. The first few tracks certainly support this theory. But listen again and you'll start to notice the (admittedly minor) differences. For one, Zeigeist trade off vocal duties between Princess and Per (no surnames needed, apparently), giving their sound a little bit more variety. Secondly, though they wear their "artsy" label proudly on their sleeves, Zeigeist's music is almost always more direct and more pop. This would be an amazing thing if the songs on their debut had the kind of hooks needed to match their fantastic electro dance beats. The album improves as it goes on, but even with repeated listens, there isn't much to sink your teeth into. "Black milk" and "Cuffs" have some interesting ideas, while "Wrecked metal" is probably the most immediately catchy of all the tracks. The frustrating thing is that it's clear that the band has enough creativity to come up with something really jaw-dropping. I'm sure every song works better as a part of their reportedly theatric live shows, but on record it's a little less than inspiring.

Track listing :

1 Humanitarianism
2 Tar Heart
3 Wrecked Metal
4 Room 25
5 Bunny
6 Black Milk
7 Cuffs
8 The Lake
9 Pressurized Chamber
10 Fight With Shattered Mirrors
11 4th Floor
12 Dawn/Night

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