ROBOCOP KRAUS - Living With Other People

Robocop Kraus - Living With Other People

12 songs
36:01 minutes
***** ****
L'Age D'Or


Robocop Kraus have been doing the underground circuit for quite some time, with a couple of releases on the small independent label Swing Deluxe. That's why it was no surprise that there would be cries of sell-out when they switched to the bigger indie label L'Age D'Or with their fourth album Living With Other People. This only shows how jealous underground people can be of their favourite bands. I thought we left the discussion about the evil major labels back in the early Nineties, but you always discover that some narrow-minded punks will never change their short-sighted attitude.

Now I am not that familiar with the Robocop's musical past, and only heard a track here and there, but Living With Other People is an excellent piece of plastic. The opener Fake Boys already shows that music will not be reinvented, but surely be rearranged, as there are parallels to Eighties pop bands like Duran Duran and Tears For Fears, all mixed up with dirty rock'n'roll sounds. The next song Fashion has also its parallels in Eighties pop music, but has a straighter approach and is a lot more danceable.

What you can't fail to see is that Robocop Kraus must have worked for a long time on the songwriting, because every song is full of subtle references to the past, but instead of adopting a retro sound, they incorporate those influences in a very modern sound that owes as much to rock'n'roll as it does to angular blues schemes. This creates an album on two levels: the superficial level does for carefree rock music that you love to listen in your car stereo when you're cruising down the highway, but for those who want a deeper level, they can dive into the musical finesse of the different songs.

36 minutes and an average running time of 3 minutes per song may seem rather short, but if you go for quality instead of quantity, and as a matter of fact the ratio of ideas per song is very high, you wouldn't want to miss out on this album.

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