Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Good, but will the real Propaganda please stand up!
Geoff Hall | Borehamwood, UK | 02/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to listen to the real essence of the music that Propaganda released, then you should listen to "A Secret Wish" and "Outside World", which demonstrates a very European and idiosyncratic sound. 1234 sounds much more generic pop. This could have been recorded by a lot of other bands! Another point to note, I'm not certain this line-up released a follow-up to this album.
Having said all that, the music is good and after a few listens is really catchy and increasingly pleasing to the ear. It is also very well produced. Instrumentally and vocally, there is nothing wrong with it and I can understand why other reviewers have gone overboard and written such nice things about it. I can also appreciate the one or two exceptions who obviously know !Secret Wish". My (not-so-secret) wish is for new material by the original band, but I'll make do with "Outside World".
However, it could have been produced by a whole bunch of artists and groups, which is exactly my point about the band. Only one member of the original band remained when this was produced - Michael Mertens. Susanne Freytag, Claudia Brucken and Ralf Doerper had all left and been replace by others - American vocalist Betsi Miller and ex-Simple Minds players Derek Forbes (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). Nevertheless, tracks such as "Heaven Give Me Words," "Only One Word" and "Wound in My Heart" are examples of Propaganda doing what it did well, well put-together synth-pop.
In conclusion, if you want to have one Propaganda album in your collection - and I strongly suggest they are so good that everyone should do so - then this isn't the one to choose; get one of the two I've mentioned, both of which are masterpieces.
Good sequel to "Secret wish"
Alexandre Avezou | Paris, France | 04/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""1234" is a good sequel to "A secret wish", although the global mood is different. Only 3 tracks are clear echoes of the previous album (Vicious Circle, Ministry of Fear and La Carne, la Morte...), but the rest remains faithful to the spirit of the 1985'line-up.In reply to a request from Jim R Webb from Alameda, Claudia Brücken made an album with Thomas Leer in 1988: the group was called Act and the album's title was "Laughter, tears and rage". It was a good album, including an excellent single, "Snobbery and decay". They are very hard to find now. ..."
Stimulating and Intoxicating
Jim R. Webb | Alameda, CA USA | 11/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I took a chance on this without listening to it first since other Propaganda music was soooo good. I thought I'd be disappointed because Claudia Brucken was not in the group any longer. I certainly was not. This was one of the first CDs I bought after converting from tape. I just have to ditto all previous reviews. Now if I could only find more music with Claudia Brucken; I heard she went to another group and I heard her voice on 1 single years ago. What was it??? Does anyone know?"