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Boomkat Product Review:
Jackson Fourgeaud and his Computer Band fire off 'Glow', the follow-up to his ostentatious 2005 LP, 'Smash'. Arriving eight years since his debut, you'd be forgiven for not remembering his name, but it's likely you'll have copped his brooding 'Utopia' theme from a certain mobile phone advert over the years. With 'Glow' he mirrors the proggy disco ambition of Daft Punk's recent 'Random Access Memories', albeit through a prism of hi-tech digital chicanery, employing assistance from French uber-producer Phillipe Zdar and the vocals of Planningtorock for optimal impact. It's a relentlessly optimistic and lurid affair, piled high with melodies and thunderous rhythms in that no-holds-barred Gallic electro-rock tradition, from the glam stomp of opener 'Blow' thru the previous single 'G.I. Jane (Fill Me Up)', the gabber blast of 'Blood Bust' and the jagged, filtered funk of 'Pump'. However, unless you're a 17 year old at a festival, hyped on eccie pipes and cat piss, those more extreme bits are pretty shocking, and the album really works best at its most subtle points, in the booming 808 lean of 'Seal' and the moody horror score themes such as 'Orgysteria' and the Goblin-esque 'More.