Dark Globe

Nostalgia For The Future | Global Underground
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 5, 2006
3.0 3.0 Stars
With Amanda Ghost, Tom Verlaine, and Boy George leading the list of vocalists on Nostalgia for the Future, this British production team have made an album that fans of steamy, atmospheric, Europop won’t want to miss. It’s moody stuff, quite gothic in tone (as you would expect from a CD credited to Dark Globe) but without any campy overdressing, and almost always plaintive, reminiscent in spots (“Stray Birds,” “Nostalgia for the Future”) of a Pet Shop Boys lullaby for the lonely. The production is finely balanced: Ghost’s small, anxious soprano feels just right in the orchestrated confines of “Break My World” and the acoustic-guitar airs of “Feed” (with echoes of Mylène Farmer’s ground-breaking “La veuve noire”); similarly Imogen Andrews in “Everybody Fades (a duo with Tom Verlaine), and Silja in the trip-hop, danceable “Futures Coming.” Still, these songs make their impact with electronic soundscaping, delicate rhythms, swirling melodies, minor keying, and space-disco sound effects. Dark Globe’s singers emote prettily while enunciating their lines like actresses in a play.
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