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Moody and Elegant

Tom Shear continues to grow as an artist. "The Last Mistake" is simply brilliant. This album is a bit more moody than Compass. The synths have a nice retro sound and create much more of a complex electronic soundscape than some of the earlier more anthemic danced loot hits. Personally I prefer Compass, which is one of those 'love every song albums' which Bruise is not. Still: this I cannot recommend this effort any more fervently. Tom Shear will not "Disappoint" you...

Another Great Addition

Assemblage 23 has continued to forge their own path in music, and is sounding as good as ever. Their driving beats have a new complexity, and definitely more stylized. I'm looking forward to more like this in the future.

Vast Improvement over Compass

This album sees Assemblage 23 going back to an earlier sound closer to what we heard on Defiance or Storm than what we heard on Compass. While Compass was starting to sound a lot like the other boring electro/industrial stuff out there this album develops some clever hooks and interesting/thoughtful lyrics. The deluxe version is worth the extra cost for the Cesium 137 remix of The Last Mistake alone but all the tracks impress and keep you wishing for a few more miles to listen in your car before you get home.


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. Shear had previously written music, but his sensibilities began to change in 1988 when he became inspired by the industrial sounds spun by the opening DJ at a Depeche Mode concert. He soon shifted from instrumental synth pop (under the name...
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