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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
"I get a sugar rush thinking of you too much," intones head Electric Ronnie Martin in the beginning of Joy Electric's pop opus Robot Rock, setting the tone for the album's perfectly molded, confectionery synthpop. Martin a... more »
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"I get a sugar rush thinking of you too much," intones head Electric Ronnie Martin in the beginning of Joy Electric's pop opus Robot Rock, setting the tone for the album's perfectly molded, confectionery synthpop. Martin aptly describes Joy E's sound in "Monosynth" as he sings, "Notes go beep in perfect time and beat / The metronome, he's our friend / Oscillators join in unison for the grand conclusion," capturing the essence of the band's purely synthetic soundscape, which draws equally from new-wave retrochic, classic pop structures, and punk attitude. The songs are short and simple, eschewing long intros and breaks for solid hooks and clean melodies. Though some of the musical themes and instrumentation get a little repetitive, Robot Rock's plentiful riffs and short, sugar-sweet songs invite many repeated listenings. --Brad Caviness
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Perhaps one of the most remarkable synth CD's I own.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ronnie Martin and Jeff Cloud have concocted a sugery-sweet musical confection that makes me ache with adoration! This is PURE synth-pop. No computers, no drum machines, no samplers. Just two men and an army of exposed wires creating truely visual, simply beautiful, carefree songs. If you are an Erasure fan because of Vince Clarke - this will fit into your collection perfectly. Each track is so individual and meaningful that it's difficult to pick out one. 'Berry Patch', or 'Storybook Love' are the epitome of Joy Electric music in it's most definative state. The sweeping, arpeggiated beats, blips and beeps coupled with Ronnies innocent, faithful lyrics and vocals are fantastic and unmistakable. Wait until you hear '(We Are)Taking Over' and you will fully realize these boys talent. They not only make wonderful and catchy songs, they showcase their amazing gifts and show off (just a bit). I hope that every synth enthusiest gets the opportunity to listen to this very dynamic and original album.Sincerely, Bill Talley"
The Apex of Electronic Innocence
Desmond R.G. Underwood Frederick IV | Cypress, TX United States | 08/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With "Robot Rock", Ronnie Martin shows the rest of the world what it means to be an off-kilter musical genius searching for the beautiful things in life. Sugar Rush, Storybook Love, Forever Is A Place, The Berry Patch and Strawberry Heart are all joyful tunes bursting with childlike exuberance. Monosynth is a supremely melancholy cry to the world: "I could be so happy / If the world would not ignore me / In my place there will be stories / Of a boy who died in sorrow with his monosynth". After one listen to this song, even the star varsity defensive tackle will be crying girly-man tears of misanthropy. The Robot Beat and Taking Over are all odd, quirky paranoid little numbers (as if most of JE's songs weren't odd and quirky enough). The strongest cuts on this album would have to be Sugar Rush, Monosynth, Strawberry Heart and Berry Patch, though there isn't a weak link in all of this disc's ten tracks. Superb."
Shara L. Gray | Fort Worth, TX United States | 05/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I havent received my cd yet, but I already have most of the tracks on another cd thanks to [another website], But I already have three Joy Electric cd's they are SOOOO Awesome! They are very talented. It's entirely different than your average techno (its not annoyingly repetetive) And different from anything you have ever heard. I DEFINATELY reccomend it!"