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Album Review

Like most electronica projects, Assemblage 23 is most enjoyable at around 3 a.m. with smoke-streak strobes the only scenery, but unlike most of the band's peers, there's an accessibility that transcends the clubs. Essentially an outlet for Tom Shear with the assistance of studio musicians, the project developed a cult following in the goth-dance circuit with a sound that comes through in symmetrical fashion on his fourth full-length, Addendum; it shows that past covers of '80s new wave classics such as "I Ran" were not out of character, but an extension of what he does best: updating Depeche Mode's more sullen yet surprisingly frenetic dance beats with cheesy (but not in a bad way) keyboards and spoken-drone vocals. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Assemblage 23 is the brainchild of Seattle-based Tom Shear, who spent a decade on various electronic projects before finding success as a respected EBM act. For live performances he is accompanied by Paul Seegers on keyboards and Kevin Choby on electronic drums. Although he had previously written music, it wasn't until 1988, when, at a concert by Depeche Mode, Shear was inspired by the industrial sounds spun by the opening DJ. He soon shifted from instrumental synth-pop (under the name Man on a...
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