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Listened to ”World in my eyes” lately? Here’s an album full of it. But hold on; ok, so it’s blatantly sounds like Depeche Mode. But still, Depeche has changed since then and this sounds good so why not? And those who mind the turns Depeche have taken should definitely take a look at this.
Let's get past comparisons and say something about the band instead. This is Belief’s debut album, a band from the new breed rising in some sort of second wave, last breath of a long ongoing eighties revival. The two members, Stefan Möller and Thomas Wehr, have been working together since 1996. It’s a lot about melody, more so than lyrics, but they’re strong in both fields. This shows right from track one, “Pastlight”, not a cover of VNV Nation’s song if anyone thought so. Instead it’s a sensitive synthpop ballad with a beat to it. The strongest chorus on the album is found on the next song, “The Scared”, which will probably do very well in clubs. It has an ambivalent, tearing strong dark melody with hopeful lyrics. This is a real display of good song writing craftsmanship. All songs are actually very well written with good variation of mood and lyrical content. This is very comfortable to put on and just listen to from beginning to end, the trademark of any really good album. From time to time it even glistens, on songs such as “Love station” and “Waiting”. For those of you who are stuck on the Depeche Mode comparison in the beginning let me tone it down. It is very Depeche Mode like; it’s hard to react in any other way the first time one listens to it. And perhaps if Depeche had continued along another path they might have made something like this. They didn’t but thank God that Belief took a shot at it instead, otherwise the world would have missed out on something really good. This album merits for a very promising future for Belief.
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