Future Perfect - After The Fall
Synthpop Future Perfect is band that is very familiar to this site as their previous two releases being met with positive vibes and scores all around. Simon and Rebecca Owen have always had a strong synthpop influence with neo-electro vibes creating a unique brand of futurepop all on their own. "After The Fall" is their third album that was originally released on their own, however, their talent has not gone unknown. 

The lads over at Conzoom Records heard the Owens' catchy and addictive music and decided to give the album a re-release. I won't necessarily be giving the re-release a song-by-song dissection, but I will be talking about the new additions to the album as well as what I think should have been included. 

Now, the original album had ten different tracks on it which were all powerhouses - my personal favorite was 'Dangerous Desires'. However, the Conzoom Records edition of the album only adds in two additional tracks which are a remix of 'Fall' titled '(After The) Fall (Destination Remix)' as well as an instrumental version of the track. I was a little disappointed with the few added tracks, but I figured they might be enjoyable. 

The instrumental version of 'Fall' is quite a catch as it shows off that even without vocals Future Perfect's songs are extremely well produced. However, I did have a problem with '(After The) Fall'. I'm not sure if it was just because of the digital copy I received, or if this is actually how the remix was produced, but the quality and overall sound of the remix was way, way, way below the rest of the tracks included on the album. In comparison to the professional sound and attention to detail I'm used to from Future Perfect, this remix sounded like a watered down and unmastered remix. In order to get the track to nearly the same volume as the rest of the tracks, I had to jack the volume on my headphones twicefold. As I said, maybe I received a bad copy of it, maybe not, but either way it's a blunder. 

However, still, the rest of the tracks are in tip-top shape as usual. But, I just cannot fathom a reason the Conzoom Records version of the album over the band's original take on it. The Conzoom Records CD does come in a spiffier package altogether, but the lack of additional content is not worth it if you already have the original digital version unless you absolutely desire to have a physical copy of the album (plus, digital is always cheaper). Maybe if Conzoom Records attached an entire second disc of remixes exclusive to their version there would be more of a reason to purchase it, but as of now I highly recommend any and all fans to just buy the album directly from Future Perfect as that will support them more than not. 

One more point I would like to make is that this review does not reflect my first - though not published - thoughts on the  original release of "After The Fall". The album is quite stellar, and if I were reviewing that one I would give it an 8 out of 10 without regret. I love the work. But seeing as how this new re-release has little to nothing to offer new, I'm going to have to stick it with a 6 out of 10. It's still the same great music, but it's unnecessary to re-release something that is already available.
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Brutal Resonance

Future Perfect - After The Fall

6.0
"Alright"
N/A
Electroracle
Released 2015 by Conzoom Records
Future Perfect is band that is very familiar to this site as their previous two releases being met with positive vibes and scores all around. Simon and Rebecca Owen have always had a strong synthpop influence with neo-electro vibes creating a unique brand of futurepop all on their own. "After The Fall" is their third album that was originally released on their own, however, their talent has not gone unknown. 

The lads over at Conzoom Records heard the Owens' catchy and addictive music and decided to give the album a re-release. I won't necessarily be giving the re-release a song-by-song dissection, but I will be talking about the new additions to the album as well as what I think should have been included. 

Now, the original album had ten different tracks on it which were all powerhouses - my personal favorite was 'Dangerous Desires'. However, the Conzoom Records edition of the album only adds in two additional tracks which are a remix of 'Fall' titled '(After The) Fall (Destination Remix)' as well as an instrumental version of the track. I was a little disappointed with the few added tracks, but I figured they might be enjoyable. 

The instrumental version of 'Fall' is quite a catch as it shows off that even without vocals Future Perfect's songs are extremely well produced. However, I did have a problem with '(After The) Fall'. I'm not sure if it was just because of the digital copy I received, or if this is actually how the remix was produced, but the quality and overall sound of the remix was way, way, way below the rest of the tracks included on the album. In comparison to the professional sound and attention to detail I'm used to from Future Perfect, this remix sounded like a watered down and unmastered remix. In order to get the track to nearly the same volume as the rest of the tracks, I had to jack the volume on my headphones twicefold. As I said, maybe I received a bad copy of it, maybe not, but either way it's a blunder. 

However, still, the rest of the tracks are in tip-top shape as usual. But, I just cannot fathom a reason the Conzoom Records version of the album over the band's original take on it. The Conzoom Records CD does come in a spiffier package altogether, but the lack of additional content is not worth it if you already have the original digital version unless you absolutely desire to have a physical copy of the album (plus, digital is always cheaper). Maybe if Conzoom Records attached an entire second disc of remixes exclusive to their version there would be more of a reason to purchase it, but as of now I highly recommend any and all fans to just buy the album directly from Future Perfect as that will support them more than not. 

One more point I would like to make is that this review does not reflect my first - though not published - thoughts on the  original release of "After The Fall". The album is quite stellar, and if I were reviewing that one I would give it an 8 out of 10 without regret. I love the work. But seeing as how this new re-release has little to nothing to offer new, I'm going to have to stick it with a 6 out of 10. It's still the same great music, but it's unnecessary to re-release something that is already available.
Jan 20 2016

Steven Gullotta

info@brutalresonance.com
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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