13 Songs, 46 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Ciel Chauncey ,

I can't even describe how I feel about this album

This was beautifully done. The redone songs really capture the new sound of the band. Of the redone songs, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" is the most unique, and therefore the best of them. "On Top Of The Universe" was also well done. Of the new songs, Starscrap is really the most unique. Isabella really nailed the heartthrob feminine notes. I also really liked the song "The Stars". I found Samuel Luke's little monologue incredibly humorous. I thoroughly enjoy the new sounds coming from this band. They will only improve as time goes on, and I can't wait to see more of them!

17 folkie ,

In-depth Review!

I love SPG, but I was a bit critical of their recent studio album "The Vice Quadrant". So, I was interested to see what this release would sound like. I've listened to this new record several times already, and here are my initial thoughts:
Overall, this is a great album, especially for new fans, since it reintroduces some of their old material, as well as some new songs. I really love the more acoustic tracks featured on this release, as they allow SPG to showcase their harmonies.
Of the remakes, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" is my favorite since it is the most different from the original recording and is, in general, very well done. "Clockwork Vaudeville" is also great (although I sort of miss the verse they cut out). "Electricity is in My Soul" is one of the highest quality tracks on the album, but it's really not much different than the original recording (except, of course, Hatchworth is now singing).
Of the new songs, "Star Scrap" is a standout. It is definitely a throwback to a bygone era and Bunny nailed the sultry female vocals. "The Stars" is my second favorite new song.
However, I do have some constructive criticisms to offer. My main critique is that some of the vocals were a bit messy. Not necessarily pitch-wise, but there were some weird breathing/mouth/lip noises that were a bit distracting and could have been edited out. Maybe different vocal takes should have been used in some circumstances. Now I know this is incredibly subjective, but I personally do not like the song "Prepare for Boarding". I just don't think it has a very good melody and it's really the only track on this album I find difficult to listen to. I also don't think the remakes of "Honeybee" or "Brass Goggles" were any better than versions on previous releases, although they do offer the hardcore SPG fans a new perspective.
All in all, I recommend this album, but the 2 Cent Show is still my favorite, followed by Album One and then MKIII. Enjoy!

mage.of.life ,

Love it

I loved all these old songs and I love them even more with these versions. I love how Isabella's voice has changed <3

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