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This recording from the very important and influential Test Dept. may prove a difficult pill to swallow for diehard fans. Is this repetitive dance music, joining in on the electronica craze? Granted, their production flavors and samples keep much of the tracks dark and distant from neon disco hell, but from the liner notes, it seems Test Dept. is prepared to charge ahead into the techno fracas even if great "loss" is necessary. This album is difficult dance music with the occasional redeeming quality of pre-industrial electronic spice — consider this a better than average house record, but a lesser than expected Test Dept. record. Looking back on 17 years of peerless creation, it is sad to see Test Dept. culminating by fitting into a trendy genre.


Formed: 1982 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s

More expressly political than their German counterparts Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Department followed the same tack: A creative use of the ethos in which diverse objects (including large amounts of scrap metal and power tools) can be used as instruments. Formed in London's New Cross in 1982 by Alistair Adams, Graham Cunningham, Tony Cudlip, Gus Ferguson and Paul Jamrozy, the quintet became renowned for the staging of huge multimedia events at obscure venues -- a railway works in Glasgow, a sand...
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