Boomkat Product Review:
Face Control follows up 2007's excellent Plague Park - an album that saw Dan Broekner branching out from his success with Canadian big shots Wolf Parade and teaming up with his wife Alexei Perry. Now an established force in their own right, the duo release their second album, a more coherent affair that thrives on an enhanced electronic sound. To give you an idea of where Handsome Furs are headed with this material, it's worth noting that the album was actually delayed while the band cleared their reference to New Order's 'Temptation' on 'All We Want, Baby, Is Everything'. Face Control pulls off its allusions to big, '80s synth pop far better than most albums of this ilk, largely thanks to the superior songwriting and the fact that big, crunching, stadium-esque guitars play such a dominant role in the album. Tracks like 'Talking Hotel Arbat Blues' and 'Radio Kaliningrad' owe as much to writers like Springsteen and Westerberg as they do Sumner, Hook, Morris and Gilbert, meaning the album digested as a whole delivers a vibrant fusion of classic rock bravado and modern electronics. Good stuff.