Spice Crackers

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
By the time of Spice Crackers' 1995 release, Camouflage found themselves dealing not only with changing times on the part of their key inspirations -- Depeche Mode having long since grappled with rock motifs on albums like Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion -- but with the shift from electronic pop being pop, to being a quieter concern amid the aboveground explosion of techno in Europe throughout that decade. Spice Crackers feels like a reaction to both changes in many ways, a chance for Camouflage to find their own identity as well as see how to roll with the times -- and what's striking is how they predated some future developments elsewhere as a result. (It says ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
By the time of Spice Crackers' 1995 release, Camouflage found themselves dealing not only with changing times on the part of their key inspirations -- Depeche Mode having long since grappled with rock motifs on albums like Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion -- but with the shift from electronic pop being pop, to being a quieter concern amid the aboveground explosion of techno in Europe throughout that decade. Spice Crackers feels like a reaction to both changes in many ways, a chance for Camouflage to find their own identity as well as see how to roll with the times -- and what's striking is how they predated some future developments elsewhere as a result. (It says something that the bass-heavy introduction "X-Ray" might have appeared on Depeche's Ultra, for instance, even though that album was two years away from release at that point.) There's a self-referentiality to the field that's almost amusing in its apparent po-facedness -- calling one song "Kraft" and the one immediately after it "Electronic Music" is almost too much -- but the exquisite instrumental "Ronda's Trigger," arguably the album's best song, celebrates things more effectively, a classic electronic dance number in the best way, propulsive and serene at the same time. As with almost any album of its length in the era of CDs, it feels like it goes on a little too long, with some of the better tracks like "Back to Heaven" buried a bit at the end. But if anything, Spice Crackers counts as a key release pointing the way for where European electronic pop with an ear for the darker side of things would go in the future -- after-echoes of the freer, more flowing approach to things the band did here can be heard well down the line in groups like Apoptygma Berzerk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Bureau B
  • EAN: 4047179309523
  • Catalog Number: 32
  • Sales rank: 125,428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spice Crackers (3:35)
  2. 2 X-Ray (6:23)
  3. 3 Kraft (3:46)
  4. 4 Electronic Music (2:40)
  5. 5 Bad News (6:01)
  6. 6 Days Run Wild (5:15)
  7. 7 A Place In China (Heaven's Not) (6:08)
  8. 8 Zwischenspiel 2 (1:36)
  9. 9 Funky Service (What Do You Want To Drink?) (4:20)
  10. 10 Back to Heaven (7:36)
  11. 11 Je Suis Le Dieu (5:26)
  12. 12 Ronda's Trigger (9:35)
  13. 13 Travelling Without Moving (1:26)
  14. 14 Spacetrain (8:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Spice Crackers (1:12)
  2. 2 Bad News (10:12)
  3. 3 In Search of Ray Milland (5:43)
  4. 4 Wet Electronics (4:00)
  5. 5 Back to Heaven (4:51)
  6. 6 Spacetrain (7:48)
  7. 7 Je Suis Le Dieu (4:00)
  8. 8 Liberation, Pt. 2 (11:05)
  9. 9 Steward (6:40)
  10. 10 Eros Lunch (5:14)
  11. 11 5 Seconds (5:16)
  12. 12 The Kroeppelshagen Tapes #3 (2:20)
  13. 13 The Kroeppelshagen Tapes #4 (4:06)
  14. 14 Band Introduction by Wu Shanzhuan (0:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Camouflage Primary Artist
Stefan Fischer Noise
Julian Boyd Synthesizer, Violin
Ingo Ito Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gamelan, Sampling, Erhu, Drum Loop
Heiko Maile Organ, Synthesizer, Electronic Sounds, Sampling, Vocoder
Marcus Meyn Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Ronda Ray Ring Modulator
Wu Shan Zhuan Voices
Julian Boyd Violin
Paul Mendoza Bass
Heiko Synthesizer, Sampling, Vocoder
Technical Credits
Stefan Fischer Producer, drum programming
Moon Martin Composer
Michael Moers Art Direction
Ingo Ito Arranger, Producer
Heiko Maile Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, drum programming
Marcus Meyn Arranger, Composer
Oliver Kreyssig Reissue Producer
Mathias Willvonseder Contributor
Ronda Ray Contributor
Gunther Buskies Reissue Producer
Sven "Samson" Geiger Remastering
Gareth Davies translation
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