Spectre [Bonus Tracks]

Spectre [Bonus Tracks]

by LaibachLaibach

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Overview

Long story short, industrial group Laibach are best known for turning hit singles into Wagnerian stompers (Queen's "One Vision" and Opus' "Life Is Live" becoming totalitarian anthems), plus they perform stoic live shows that parody pop concerts as political rallies, which all seems like a one-note joke on the surface. Thing is, over their long career, this one-note joke has been applied in many fascinating ways, from the commentary on occupation that kicked off their career in the early '80s -- before their home of Slovenia became an independent state -- and now, on their 2014 release Spectre, they suggest a little lockstepping is needed to stir the sleeping, privileged masses. Think of the Clash's provocative "White Riot" blown up into a Rammstein album with some orchestral arrangements and extra craftsmanship thrown in and the marvels of Spectre began to unfold. In a world distracted by memes, social networking, and shiny, mobile devices, the global middle class is called to arms during the opening "The Whistleblowers," a whistle-along tune that sounds like North Korean propaganda music but offers up new heroes/leaders like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Later, the mechanical, tight electro of "Eat Liver!" reminds all complacent, drone warfare-era listeners of World War II slogans and the valiant sacrifices they called for, then the snaky bit of synth pop dubbed "We Are Millions and Millions Are One" comes on like Laibach in bedroom mode, although vocalists Anja Rupel ("Love takes me over, like a rising rocket") and Milan Fras ("Love I am, you'll become") are playing the roles of truth seeker and truth, respectively, because reaching orgasm and reaching Anarcho-syndicalism are analogous in the group's supposedly "one-note" world. "Bossanova" ("Feed my ego with luxury") comes from the world leader's gluttonous point of view, while the slick elegance of "Koran" sounds like paradise, and yet Rupel drifts into dreamy ruminations (repeating "there are all these questions in our mind") and suddenly, Laibach have matched irony with inimitability. Heady stuff, and delivered with all the pulse and purpose as before, Spectre is both a fine album and an excellent application of Laibach's elevated style of commentary. [Spectre was also released with four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2014
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596958728
catalogNumber: 69587
Rank: 108564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laibach   Primary Artist
Cveto Kobal   Background Vocals
Boštjan Gombac   Human Whistle
Blaz Celarec   Percussion
Dachauer   Group Member
Saliger   Group Member
Eber   Group Member
Keller   Group Member
Izidor Leitinger   Trumpet
Matevz Kolenc   Background Vocals
Luka Jamnik   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sašo Vollmaier   Choir Conductor
Mina Špiler   Background Vocals
Anja Winterleitner   screams
Lara Winterleitner   screams
Jadranka Juras   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Blind Lemon Jefferson   Composer
Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Slavko Avsenik   Orchestral Arrangements
Iztok Turk   Producer
Ivan Novak   Composer
Izidor Leitinger   Horn Arrangements
Matevz Kolenc   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Luka Jamnik   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eva Kosel   Layout
Sašo Vollmaier   Composer,keyboard arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Mina Špiler   Composer
Jana Renée Wilcoxen   Proof Reading

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