Review : Groove Armada - Black Light
UrbWith each release Groove Armada morphs a little bit more and Black Light is a testament to that. Quite possibly the only recognizable aspect of the album is the driving electro base we have come to love from modern GA releases. Having said that, the album is a far cry from anything they have given us before. What you can expect is a serious dose of 80’s fueled electro-pop.
Black Light gives you eleven new GA tracks that bleed the lines of what is electro, indie, and dance. It will take you a few listens to get into it if you aren’t the biggest electro fan. Each track has plenty synths and vocals that will pull you through and lead you into the next. You’ll hit “I Won’t Kneel” featuring Saint Saviour or “Fall Silent” and you will question just exactly what decade you are in. Yes, it is like that. It is an album that leads you up through the years and by the time you hit the first release, “Paper Romance,” you’ll know you have come full circle. Black Light is a straight one-way electro ticket and you are riding courtesy of the Groove Armada....full text
YahooIf Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have one overriding talent, it's the ability to label albums with titles befitting their contents. They're not always catchy, but they're precise. Just as 'Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)' was Groove Armada's transition from coffee table to dancefloor, 'Lovebox' a celebration of sexy funk and 'Soundboy Rock' a riotous whoomp whoomp ragga-pop soundclash, seventh studio album, 'Black Light' is, as it implies, a dark record. It's also a brilliant, shinning beacon of electro-pop sophistication, but it's a dark, dark record all the same.
In that one respect, it's also the London duo's most cohesive album. Known more for the randomness/eclecticism/chaos of their records - a trait which has made Groove Armada difficult to categorise and impossible to identify - than for any one style or sound, 'Black Light' does at least have a common theme to help make sense of the 'eclecticism'.
And let's face it, any album which opens with grunge guitars ('Look Me In The Eye Sister'), closes with Will Young voicing a haunting nod to synth-pop pioneers Yazoo ('History') and can claim to be influenced by both Fleetwood Mac and Passion Pit, needs all the help it can get. Thankfully, what 80s synths and grandiose 70s rock don't have in common, the insistent beats and omnipresent sadness, which borders on euphoric, miraculously make up for....full text
SlantmagazineConsider Groove Armada electro-pop's last stand. The duo is so far removed from the genre's heyday it's impressive that they've remained more or less intact—and more impressive that stadiums are still bowing to their squelchy, screechy synth exposition. Black Light is their sixth studio release, and unlike the gluey, glazy bedroom recordings that define the current electronic landscape, it takes pride in polishing its songs to a mirror shine.
Take the single "Paper Romance," a five-minute synthesizer kaleidoscope in which, amid an utterly exhilarating guitar scuttle, SaintSaviour delivers the fearless lyric, "I don't wanna take a chance on your paper romance anyway." The song feels unmistakably crafted, sewn together in a studio and designed from the ground up to deliver the most stimulating listening experience possible. Definitely a far cry from, say, Neon Indian.
Black Light sounds like it was buzzed in from of the early 2000s, completely and happily uninfluenced by the preceding years of dance music development. It ends up being an acutely traditional Groove Armada album: The token slow jam ("Shameless") and the droning, delirious lover's romp ("I Won't Kneel") are all here, crushed with those familiar slabs of grimy, effusive, and occasionally lovelorn electro. No, it doesn't push the genre forward; in fact, it probably pushes it back, but Black Light impeccably delivers on everything you could possibly want from the 14-year-old band....full text
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