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Angelzoom - Angelzoom (CD, 2004) B5
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German vocalist Claudia Uhle is the solely responsible for Angelzoom; an etheral, airy sound that narrowly avoids classification. Angelzoom runs with the dark wave crowd such as The Dresdon Dolls, L'Áme Immortelle and The Birthday Massacre, but this is kind of misleading. As much as some may put her next to dark wave artists, I would sooner slot her in with Enya. Her sound is electronic with dark synths in same manner as The Birthday Massacre, but any rock or punk is absent, very vaguely rearing its head in the "heaviest" tracks of the album 'Turn the Sky' and 'Fairyland' (though heavy is really the wrong word). Bar those two songs, the rest of the album quietly goes into Enya territory with pretty little instrumentals and twinkly songs. As it is, there is not really a bad track on here. Angelzoom's cover of Linkin Park's "Crawling" might leave a bitter taste in the mouth, but other covers, such as Depeche Mode's "Blaspehmous Rumours" is nothing short of glorious if you appreciate the albums purpose. Angelzoom does not build tracks up like any other artist on the planet; the first verse of any of the songs has the same tone and volume as the finishing chorus which can make some tracks seem repetitive, and have the listener wonder where she's going. She is not going anywhere. This album leans more towards chill out and new age, rather than making artistic sounds and sending out a message. It is laid back from beginning to end. Uhle's vocal delivery is very pretty (a light soprano), but not much else. It is almost as if she does not know the meaning of lyrics she sings, as the vocals are soulless.
Disk 9/10 Insert 9/10 Case 9/10 Disk has seen low use and there are a few very minor markings on the playing surface. Insert is very good with no marks or creases. Case is slightly hairline cracked and very lightly scuffed.