Crumbächer’s classic second album has been given a facelift for its 25th anniversary. The sound is new wave / rock / synthpop straight from the 80s. Some people will write this off as dated no matter what I say – but I believe that good music is still good music no matter how it ages. I liked this sound back in the day, so I still like it now. The sonics on this disc are beautiful – I only have the vinyl to compare it to, but this sounds much brighter and clearer than what I hear coming from the LP. The packaging is a bit odd, though. The cover and back jackets of the album jacket are faithfully reproduced on the outside of the booklet, but you open that up to see a large photo of the band playing live at the reunion concert in 2005. I would have liked to have seen some unreleased photos or press from back in the day – but that may not have been available. Or maybe too embarrassing (I hide all my pics from that era as well). All that is minor, though – this is overall a great re-issue of a classic album.
[2011 Meis Music Group | Purchase: Amazon.com]