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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Official Version was fantastic, but this album was something else again. Easily one of the greatest industrial albums ever made, bar none, Front by Front hit like a bombshell on its listeners and influenced more bands and songs than can be counted. Even the album art design, with everything from a rough pixel computer font cover to harsh video stills and blunt slogans, is a work of art, perfectly in sync with the electric mania inside unfortunately, in the late '90s the entire Front 242 catalog was reissued with "high-tech" graphics. From the rampaging start of the album, "Until Death Us Do Part," not a single note, sample, guttural syllable, or headache-inducing drum hit ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Official Version was fantastic, but this album was something else again. Easily one of the greatest industrial albums ever made, bar none, Front by Front hit like a bombshell on its listeners and influenced more bands and songs than can be counted. Even the album art design, with everything from a rough pixel computer font cover to harsh video stills and blunt slogans, is a work of art, perfectly in sync with the electric mania inside unfortunately, in the late '90s the entire Front 242 catalog was reissued with "high-tech" graphics. From the rampaging start of the album, "Until Death Us Do Part," not a single note, sample, guttural syllable, or headache-inducing drum hit is out of place. The album's most deservedly famous track can make an equally good case for being the definite EBM song: "Headhunter." A portrait of capitalism as mercenary terrorism with a wickedly compelling mock orchestral bass providing lead melody, "Headhunter" deserves notice not merely for the pounding music but the astonishing vocal arrangements. Richard 23 and Jean-Luc de Meyer serve up the memorable step-by-step chorus in perfect balance, the latter delivering each step like an order from on high while 23's singing adds on even more frenetic energy. The overall feeling of militaristic, blunt efficiency encompasses music, artwork, and lyrics -- thus utterly appropriate song titles like "Circling Overland" and "First In/First Out." "In Rhythmus Bleiben" stands out as a particularly fine song in a series of them, the melange of computer squeals and glitches, building percussion, chaotic vocal samples, and a downright anthemic chorus resulting in one killer tune. The 1992 reissue does the original CD one better by also including another mix of "Headhunter," as well as the entire Never Stop EP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972378121
  • Catalog Number: 723781
  • Sales rank: 21,828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Until Death (Us Do Part) (4:30)
  2. 2 Circling Overland (4:43)
  3. 3 Im Rhythmus Bleiben (4:14)
  4. 4 Felines (3:34)
  5. 5 First In/First Out (3:52)
  6. 6 Blend the Strengths (3:13)
  7. 7 Headhunter (4:45)
  8. 8 Work 01 (3:28)
  9. 9 Terminal State (4:09)
  10. 10 Welcome to Paradise (5:18)
  11. 11 Headhunter (5:01)
  12. 12 Never Stop! (3:56)
  13. 13 Work 242 N.Off Is N.Off (5:18)
  14. 14 Agony (Until Death) (2:43)
  15. 15 Never Stop! (4:24)
  16. 16 Work 242 (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Front 242 Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Front 242 Producer
Greg Calbi Remastering
Patrick Codenys Contributor
Jean-Luc de Meyer Contributor
F. Boebaert Art Direction
Daniel Bressanutti Contributor
Richard 23 Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Trend Setting

    "Front by Front" is an achievement in style, writing, and production. It was very unique at the time of its release and still remains strong. If you can overlook some of the "Miami Vice" sounding moments. Everything that was good about the industrial sounds at the time, these incorporated into this album. They set a clarity for industrial music the way "Saturday Night Fever" set a clarity to the disco era. If you're looking for just one Front 242 CD, this is the one to get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have

    If you like Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, this album is must have, from the opening track "Until Death", till the closing track "Work 242". Will have a choas of sound, that will amaze you.

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