Front 242 – Pulse

First album in 11 years from Belgian "electronic body music" pioneers

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Had this record been released in 1988, it would have been hailed a masterpiece. But memories of the glory days of “Headhunter” have receded, and the rest of the world has long since caught up with and overtaken Front 242.

With half an ear on the electroclash market, they appear to have decided their sound requires no updating so tracks like “Together” and “Matrix” beat the old pulse, complete with growling sub-Dieter Meier vocals. “SEQ 666” is an interminable meditation on a moribund Moroder riff. “So little left to talk about,” they declare on “Triple X Girlfriend”. Well, they said it…


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