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After experiencing a worldwide hit with the title track of their 2009 album, Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun did the sensible thing and made a follow-up album that capitalizes on the glossy, sunny pop of that song. Instead of exploring some of the more esoteric avenues they started down on their debut, on Ice on the Dune the duo of Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele focus with laser-sharp intensity on creating an album that is 110 percent POP with no sharp edges and all glittering sunshine, blown out to gigantic proportions. In less skilled hands, such a tactic could lead to an over-produced trinket that's good for maybe half a listen and then gets tossed aside. Instead, Ice on the Dune ends up being everything a good modern pop record should be, and then some. The songs have super-sharp choruses, incessantly listenable arrangements built on acoustic, electric, and programmed instruments, and icy-cold but immediate beats, sometimes sounding like Katy Perry produced by Jeff Lynne, sometimes sounding like ELO produced by Katy Perry. Everything feels like a radio hit; everything feels custom made for listeners who like the sound of modern pop but are put off by the surfacy distractions that come along with it. Here you only have to deal with crazy headgear (check the cover) and the OTT ballad that ends the album in an overwrought splash of powdery tears. Otherwise, it's all perfectly crafted songs that draw on disco influences ("Old Flavours"), soft rock ("Ice on the Dune"), throbbing Madonna-inspired club jams ("Celebrate"), and Daft Punk ("Awakening"), along with a couple that give "Walking on a Dream" a fair run in the catchiness stakes ("Alive" and the incredibly bouncy and fun "Surround Sound"). Too many times having a big hit can send a group off the rails as it pursues the spotlight and tries to catch lightning again. The guys in Empire of the Sun manage to not only catch the lightning again, but their skill at crafting perfect pop, the depth in their songs, and the emotion their voices transmit make this record better than one might have ever expected. Modern pop doesn't get any better than this.

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Les bee gees du 21ème siècle

Rien que pour Awakening, Alive, old flavours ou I'll be around, cet album vaut son achat et ses 5 étoiles, un genre de caviar pop à la limite du bon goût mais absolument adictif même si se glissent ici et là des morceaux absolument foireux (Suround sound) Un mix entre les bee-gees et Imagination passés à la moulinette de l'electro pop contemporaine. Delicious..

One to look out for!

I would say personally that this is a true masterpiece! There are songs on the album that take you to a higher state of mind, songs that remind you of past moments in your life, songs that deserve to remain well known for a long time!


Formé(s) : Australia

Genre : Dance

Années d’activité : '00s, '10s

Tirant son nom du roman de J.G. Ballard dont Steven Spielberg a fait un film en 1987, Empire of the Sun (Empire du Soleil en français), le duo électro-glam-pop australien hors du commun se compose de Luke Steele de Sleepy Jackson et Nick Littlemore de Pnau. Steele avait déjà travaillé avec Pnau sur « With You Forever », un morceau du troisième album éponyme du groupe, sorti en 2007. Le duo a tellement aimé cette collaboration qu'ils ont lancé leur propre projet, en s'inspirant de groupes tels que...
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