CD The Singles, 1997-2006 (CD 140416),
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The Singles, 1997-2006

  • 1. Forest, A - (featuring Robert Smith)
    2. Perfect Silence - (featuring Bobo)
    3. Catch - (featuring Elles)
    4. Nightfly, The
    5. Cream
    6. Desire
    7. Mind of the Wonderful - (featuring Elles)
    8. Somebody (Never Wait)
    9. DJs, Fans & Freaks
    10. Heartbeat
    11. Nightclubbing - (Wippenberg remix)
    12. Hardest Heart, The - (featuring Anne Clark)
    13. Sound of the Machines
    14. DJ Culture
    15. Sunrise
    16. After Love
    17. Watching the Waves
    18. Unknown Treasure - (featuring Claudia Brcken)
    19. Beyond Time
    20. Flying to the Moon
    21. Revealed - (featuring Steve Kilbey)
    22. Nightfly, The - (WMC 06 Retouch, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 060 663

  • Credits
    ProducerBlank & Jones; Andy Kaufhold

    German duo Blank & Jones make the kind of dance music that never seems to get any critical respect -- widely popular, very straightforward, guaranteed to soundtrack anything anywhere with the word "trance" in it and not name-dropped by hip DJs in general as a result. Which is an incredible pity, because as The Singles demonstrates, the duo clearly aren't out to push back frontiers but just to make people dance and have a good time, and more to the point, to do so with a heavy undercurrent of the kind of classic dark disco and proto-industrial beats they clearly grew up on. As such they slot much more into the realm of acts like Apoptygma Berzerk and Black Strobe more than might be guessed, and the gloss of Europop that slips and slides among their songs always seems to get spiked with the kind of pop/trance that first caught the ear of Wax Trax fanatics precisely because it was derived from similar roots. The Singles careens from one instant fix to another, starting with their inspired reworking of the Cure's "A Forest," with Robert Smith contributing the vocals. Other guest appearances that make clear where Blank & Jones see their lineage include Anne Clark on "The Hardest Heart" and, in a truly left-field move, the Church's Steve Kilbey on the extreme moodout of "Revealed." (In contrast, having Propaganda's legendary singer Claudia Brucken on "Unknown Treasure" is a more readily understandable nod to the past.) If some of the singles are more a pleasant collage of familiar elements -- and if the track listing is best heard in bursts rather than all the way through -- there's enough hotwiring and instant pop rushes going on to make The Singles worth listening to. ~ Ned Raggett
    DVD Features:
    1. Heartbeat
    2. Flying To The Moon
    3. Cream
    4. After Love
    5. The Nightfly
    6. DJ Culture
    7. Beyond TIme
    8. DJs, Fans & Freaks
    9. Desire
    10. Watching The Waves
    11. The Hardest Heart
    12. A Forest
    13. Mind Of The Wonderful
    14. Perfect Silence
    15. Catch
    16. Flowtation
    17. Flaming June
    18. Perfect Silence (US Version)

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