J. Alred | Midwest United States | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is like updated 80's music, but not the same updated 80's that other bands are doing. I like their one foot in dance music and one foot in rock music. I like the whole CD including the instrumentals some others seem to not like, especially "Irreversable" and "Forever".
Now let us talk about the song "Alive". I can't believe it hasn't gotten more fave mentions. I can't stop listening to it at all. Very hooky and a fabulous guilty pleasure. I make no apologies for being madly in love with that song.
When I first heard them I thought of The Cure (who I have also been listening to a lot lately). Music evokes Duran Duran/Daft Punk/The Cure. I am not saying anything new here that everyone else hasn't already mentioned. So get out there and crank the song "Alive" to the loudest volume possible."
One of my favorite electroclash albums - this is VERY catchy
C. Cross | 01/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"VHS Or Beta is probably my favorite album in the electroclash genre (not that that's saying much - there aren't many good albums in this genre yet - Cut Copy's "Bright Like Neon Love" is also very good although I'm not 100% sure if it's considered electroclash). Every song is catchy and interesting, and the singer is pretty good for the band's style (he's Asian but sure doesn't sound like it!). If there's any song you've heard off this album it's probably "Night On Fire" as it has a music video and is an underground hit (it was on a "Urban Outfitters" mix CD!). Musically the songs are distinctly 80's and electroclash. The only "bad" track here is the last one, "Irreversible". It also loses its catchy momentum during the last half, but they're still all good. I wouldn't call this a classic (for its lack of a "wow" factor and the singer - he's not all that great and likable), but you'll still probably enjoy it. If you like 80's rock or electroclash, though, you will most definitely enjoy this album! Recommended!
everything except for "Irreversible""
Some great songs...
Jeffrey Gray | San Antonio, TX USA | 08/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you love their single, "Night on Fire", you'll probably like a few other songs on the album as well. The album is very upbeat, almost in a bubble gum kind of way. It's a bit sweep for me. But if you like dance rhythms and energetic music, this could be right for you. I just don't find myself reaching for it very often. I probably should have bought the single and stuck with that."