Southern Lands

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All Music Guide - Dean Carlson
Cetu Javu have been pursuing the spirits of synth pop with the black-clad myopic zealousness of orthodox goths throughout the entire 1990s. But their personal quest to capture all the angular repression and detached sexuality of postwar Europe so they can use them to paint huge vacant-eyed murals of Depeche Mode and Alphaville is somewhat remarkable, considering that the rest of the world was busy with acid house, jungle, grunge, Brit-pop, and trance. The Camouflage-ish "Fight Without a Reason," which almost chokes on its own record collection, and the possessed "Situations" or "Have in Mind" -- certainly one of the finest synth lamentations since Joy Division's "Love Will...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dean Carlson
Cetu Javu have been pursuing the spirits of synth pop with the black-clad myopic zealousness of orthodox goths throughout the entire 1990s. But their personal quest to capture all the angular repression and detached sexuality of postwar Europe so they can use them to paint huge vacant-eyed murals of Depeche Mode and Alphaville is somewhat remarkable, considering that the rest of the world was busy with acid house, jungle, grunge, Brit-pop, and trance. The Camouflage-ish "Fight Without a Reason," which almost chokes on its own record collection, and the possessed "Situations" or "Have in Mind" -- certainly one of the finest synth lamentations since Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- expose a band in full, utilitarian grasp of the best bits of Soft Cell and latter-day Talk Talk, while never once ripping them off. Difficult to judge within its own boundaries perhaps, but one of the most alluring and elusive synth pop albums in a decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Golden Dance Class.
  • UPC: 090204979769
  • Catalog Number: 20168

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Southern Lands (4:16)
  2. 2 Love Me (4:15)
  3. 3 Oye (4:24)
  4. 4 Words Without Thoughts (4:23)
  5. 5 So Strange (4:00)
  6. 6 Get It (5:01)
  7. 7 Situations (4:03)
  8. 8 Bad Dreams (3:48)
  9. 9 Have In Mind (3:33)
  10. 10 Quien Lo Sabia? (7:12)
  11. 11 Fight Without A Reason (2:49)
  12. 12 Adonde (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cetu Javu Primary Artist, Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good synth-pop collection!

    This is a 1990 release on ZYX label (Germany) bringing together 12 of the tracks from this four-some 1980's synth-pop phenomenon from Germany. If you like Depeche Mode, then you will like Cetu Javu (they have a lot of songs with Spanish lyrics by the way). Given that unfortunately almost all of Cetu Javu's releases are out of print and very hard to come by, this album is a unique opportunity for new-comers and other synth-pop fans to have access to these interesting tracks. I just wish that the sound quality was better, in fact I wish they would digitally remaster this album and include some of the extended versions and remixes as bonus tracks; this CD is only 51:20 in length and could have very well gone up to 74 minutes.... Anyways, in my opinion, the best cuts are ''Southern Lands'', ''Situations'', and ''Adonde'', which is the melodic and upbeat B-side to the very good 1989 release ''So Strange'' (perhaps their last release, as far as I know).

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