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8/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
Those wacky industrial avant-goths Laibach are, erm, back. When Phil handed me this CD he said "There's a new Laibach album, it's very funny." I wasn't sure what he meant. Now I'm listening to it and I know what he meant. Opener 'The Whistleblowers' opens with some whistling but then there's some big Slavonic-sounding gang vocals and uplifting synths, it has the feeling of a national anthem, crossed with the Pet Shop Boys version of 'Go West', with the Cookie Monster on lead vocals.
Despite the mind-boggling silliness of it, I have to say I'm quite enjoying myself here. It's like they've purposefully made an album of stadium anthems to soundtrack the downfall of empires. There's a lot of Europop aspects in terms of the production and the bouncy industrial pop feel. There's no escaping from the fact that this is a heavily political album, a nihilistic dystopian manifesto laid out simply and succinctly, full of satire and sarcasm and contradiction.
"No history, no repent, no surrender, no descent, and no commandments on the wall, no God, no rules to scare you all" insists 'No History' (which also throws in a nod to the OWS movement); "Let's make some noise/When kingdoms fall" says 'Eat Liver'!; 'Bossanova' asserts "I want torture, arms and corporations, no control, president or parliament! Feed my hunger with poverty, feed my anger with children", while 'Koran' counters with "I believe in brotherhood, equality and freedom, I believe in happiness for all."
It's a mystifying and thematically dense album, whose grandiose ideas are mirrored in its frankly ridiculous industrial stadium pop aesthetic, and it's so well realised that I'll forgive them the silliness, but don't say I didn't warn you.
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