Boomkat Product Review:
So what more can we add to the mountains of praise lavished on one of thee best loved and lived electronic rock albums of all time? Not a lot, really, but listen in and read on if you need reassurance that this is a truly pivotal, essential record...
The birthplace of and inspiration for so much that we hold dear, Suicide's self-titled album is the very definition of future-proof, and its perfectly articulated vision of electronic punk minimalism seems more potent and prophetic today than it ever has before.
Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized owe their entire careers to the soaring, deconstructed VU ascent of 'Cheree', the tough-guy technobilly dynamism of Sandra Electronics and Powell can be traced back to 'Ghost Rider', and the exquisite 'Che' is everything minimal wave promises but invariably falls short of delivering.
Martin Rev's emaciated but propulsive drum-machine rhythms and fiendishly deployed shards of synthetic noise are of course impeccable, but listening back to this album we're reminded how much Alan Vega's utterly unique, utterly committed vocals make Suicide what it is: whether shrieking like a Times Square vagrant possessed on 'Frankie Teardrop' or coming over like a post-nuclear Elvis on the mighty 'Rocket USA'.
Really words can't do justice to the purity and straight-up magnificence of this album: it isn't just a record that everyone should hear, it's a record that everyone should own, listen to often, and know inside out.