"If you start listening to Hack expecting it to be a continuation of the made-for-radio pop like the self-titled "Information Society" album, you'll probably be disappointed. "A Knife and a Fork" will leave you scratching your head, and you'll hit the stop button. But to do so will cause you to miss out on some excellent music.
"Hack" has several catchy, mainstream-safe tracks, notably "Think", "How Long", "Move Out" and "Slipping Away". But those tracks aren't front-loaded into the first four tracks on the CD... they're scattered between a variety of "experimental" tracks, some of which you'll like, and others you may find dull or annoying.
As an example, the track "Fire Tonight", has a light and happy tune. The lyrics, on the other hand, paint an eerie and dark picture of a city in chaos ("you said that if you couldn't take the car, you'd walk instead; it was the last thing you said before the line went dead; now I'm waiting by the window holding all the things of yours I've found"). The combination is rather unusual, technically interesting, and in my opinion, one of the best tracks on the CD.
The thing about these "experimental" tracks is that as a listener, you might not like them the first time you hear them, especially if you're looking for radio pop. However, they are also much less formulaic, so over the long haul, they still sound new compared to the radio.
If you liked "Think", give this CD a shot. There are enough solid pop tracks to be worthwhile, and if you give the rest of the CD a chance, you may grow to love the entire thing."
YES! YES! YES!
redjinx | pennsylvania | 05/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is MY kinda music! all the sampling, sound-bytes, techno-make-you-wanna-dance music. keep it coming! it's 2000 and this is still one of my most listened to cds. keeps your ears busy - where DO the sound bytes come from? i think i recognize some star trek..."
Info Site's grandiose adieu
scarletkfkx | America's Heartland | 03/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Information Society. After all, they did it first. Used the samples, made the breakthroughs-- When I make music I think of their work. Hack shows they are more than just mixers, the songs themselves have sentimentality and surprsing grace. Excellent purchase."
One of the absolute best synth groups
scarletkfkx | 07/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Among synth groups, INSOC (Information Society) is one of the absolute best. If you like 80's synth dance such as Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, etc., then you'll love this and all the rest of INSOC's albums. They provide a perfect blend of dance beat, lyrics, and emotion. The previous album is mostly dance synth pop. This album adds more R&B sounds. The later ones add more techno sounds. All are great albums and well worth getting."
This one is ok
Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) | San Diego | 07/15/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nice early 90s club stuff. "Think" is really good. I saw them in concert in Mexicali in support of this song. You would have thought they were Depeche Mode the way the people received them there (around 1992 or something). This is euro-clubby fare. The producer and band member Paul Robb actually had worked with a lot of people on the New York freestyle sound, responsible for songs like "Silent Morning" by Noel. But these guys are actually out of Minneapolis or someplace. Kind of funny. I also saw them in 1995 and they hadn't changed one bit. And they sounded just like they had when I saw them play with Sam Fox in 1989. Ha. If you like this type of thing you should check out Red Flag or Anything Box."