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Boomkat Product Review:
subHuman is Recoil's 5th studio album, and to mark the occasion they've got together with the good folks at Mute for an impressive multi-format release. The album comes after a six year recording hiatus from musician/producer Alan Wilder, former member of Depeche Mode. Recoil had been up and running back in the Depeche Mode days, but it was after Wilder's departure from the band in 1995 that the side-project went fulltime. Apparently, upon returning to the studio to start writing and recording this album Wilder had all-but entirely forgotten how to use his equipment, finding his sequencer and operating system had fallen long out of date. Perhaps as a result of having to start again from scratch, Wilder looked to rootsier sounds for inspiration, recruiting New Orleans blues musician John Richardson for help on several tracks. The entire album, in fact, presents a very natural-sounding meeting of digital instruments and traditional acoustic sounds. The string arrangements soar across 'Allelujah' and 'The Killing Ground', instilling a real sense of cinematic, big budget dynamics. Elsewhere, Richardson's vocals shift the music into some kind of futuristic juke joint shuffle.