Boomkat Product Review:
Bernard, Gillian, Stephen and Phil return with new bassist Tom Chapman on arguably their best album since 1989's 'Technique'.
Sporting guest vox by Iggy Pop and La Roux plus production by Richard X and TCB's Tom Rowlands, 'Music Complete' reprises the disco-direct trajectory and melodic immediacy of their famous opus with an energy and efficiency which belies their collective age (gotta be pushing well over 200 by now!).
Maybe they got hold of those massive purple garys that were knocking around Manchester in the summer, or maybe Hooky was dragging 'em down; either way they sound properly charged and up for it across these eleven tracks.
It's synth-pop in the purest, 'floor-ready and electronically-enhanced effect, sustaining a heart-racing appeal in the first third between the pizzicato strings and motorised bass of 'Restless' thru the EBM-stung pulse of 'Singularity' and Moroder-gone-Bowlers eccie rush of 'Plastic'.
The mid-section does sleazy disco with panache in 'Tutti Frutti' and 'People On High Line', before Iggy Pop turns up on the dusky Balearic EBM-pop of 'Stray Dog'.
Their final section is given to classic, melancholy licks in 'Academic', experimental techno-pop inclinations in 'Unlearn This Hatred', and the beaming Hi-NRG pop of 'Superheated', blessed with Brandon Flowers' distinctive pop chops. Definitely one for the kids and kidults, then.