music review : Seabound – When Black Beats Blue [Rarities]

reviewed by : Mike Kieffer

released by : Metropolis Records on 03 February 2009
data : 5th album . 12 tracks . 69:55 run time . www.seabound.de
genre : synthpop

Let’s be honest, I’m a big Seabound fan and when I heard that a new album was coming out I was excited.  I crave to hear new music, especially since their last new material, Double-Crosser, was released in late 2006.  When I heard about their release of Come Forward / Live in Berlin, I was shaking my head in disappointment. This was just a release of older tracks that have been remixed. Some are unreleased and well, others found their way on to compilations albums.  It’s true that you won’t find new songs here but this album is presented in such a way that I was not disappointed.  Over the course of the album there are only two repeats of songs. The versions of the remixes are different enough to keep you from getting bored like you may if you were listening to a single.

Overall, I’m pleased with this release. Being a DJ, I usually hunt out tracks that are released on  overseas compilations only hearing three out of twelve of the tracks.  It’s not brand new material, yet I still found freshness in the release.  When Black Beats Blue is compiled of well done remixes of great tracks and I am glad that Seabound decided to release them.  Let’s just hope they have a new album on the way.

recommended tracks : Domination vs. Bound (Mindless Faith), Hooked (Radical Alt. Vocal)
if you like you may like : Edge of Dawn , Covenant
grade : overall 7 – music 8 – lyrics 8 – recording quality 9

from the February Issue of Auxiliary Magazine

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