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Boomkat Product Review:
Alan Wilder's fourth album "Unsound Methods" was originally released in 1997 and features stark spoken word accompaniments to the ex-Depeche Mode man's sample-based breakbeat experiments. With remixes from Pan Sonic and Barry Adamson.
'Unsound Methods' was notable when it was released for being the first album that Alan Wilder made after leaving Depeche Mode. Cinematic and bleak, but not without commercial potential at the time, the album brought Wilder's innovative production methods into the foreground and sat alongside similarly widescreen material from contemporaries like Barry Adamson, Bomb the Bass and Death in Vegas. Wilder assembled quite the cast of collaborators, bringing in vocals from spoken word artist Maggie Estep, Nitzer Ebb's Douglas McCarthy, Depeche Mode backup vocalist Hildia Campbell and Siobhan Lynch.
The real chase material here though is the remixes on the digital version. Pan Sonic's version of 'Shunt' reduces the frenetic breakbeat acid original to a smoldering cinder, fading the beat into a blunt heartbeat and leaving rugged, whirring noise and hi-frequency zaps to fill in the gaps. Barry Adamson takes hold of 'Control Freak', keeping Maggic Estep's vocal and repositioning it on a dubbed-out jungle rattle and squiggly synth sequence that's completely in line with his feverish "Oedipus Schmoedipus".