Spice Crackers

Spice Crackers

by Camouflage
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Bureau B
UPC:
4047179309523
catalogNumber:
32
Rank:
150908

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Spice Crackers
  2. X-Ray
  3. Kraft
  4. Electronic Music
  5. Bad News
  6. Days Run Wild
  7. A Place In China (Heaven's Not)
  8. Zwischenspiel 2
  9. Funky Service (What Do You Want To Drink?)
  10. Back to Heaven
  11. Je Suis Le Dieu
  12. Ronda's Trigger
  13. Travelling Without Moving
  14. Spacetrain

Disc 2

  1. Spice Crackers
  2. Bad News
  3. In Search of Ray Milland
  4. Wet Electronics
  5. Back to Heaven
  6. Spacetrain
  7. Je Suis Le Dieu
  8. Liberation, Pt. 2
  9. Steward
  10. Eros Lunch
  11. 5 Seconds
  12. The Kroeppelshagen Tapes #3
  13. The Kroeppelshagen Tapes #4
  14. Band Introduction by Wu Shanzhuan

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
Gareth Davies   translation

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