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Album Review

This first solo album by Chris Corner, joint-operating member of 1990s trip-hop runner-ups Sneaker Pimps, is a deceptive affair. First off because anyone who fondly remembers the fluid traces of original Pimps vocalist Kelli Dayton, who appeared on the groups most memorable work — but left as the band's later work faltered — are nowhere to be found. In exchange, Corner's own voice dominates this record in an over-romanticized darkwave approach that pins its hopes on the '80s taste of today, rather than the placid beauty of the mid-'90s Bristol sound, which most feel is not quite ready for its retro 15 minutes. But if Corner essentially fails as a vocalist, he still knows how to write a killer hook. "Naked but Safe" swaggers with Corner gasping "Keep me fed, keep me watered." While "Sailor" is a Gary Glitter-inspired tome to three-way prison sex, with all the dark cabaret hustle such a subject affords. The production across the record is obviously perfect, although perhaps a bit too much so in places, particularly when the strings flutter in on "Your Joy Is My Low." Not even Depeche Mode (whose fans will find plenty to enjoy on this CD) ever had bleeps that sounded so crisp. But Corner is no David Gahan, and despite a few glimpses of a muse worthwhile, this disc will no doubt find most of it's action in the used CD bin.

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While hit and miss, people should be giving Chris Corner way more respect and attention. His hooks are sometimes catchier than Mike Piazza - and that's more than most can say for ANY of their songs. Kiss and Swallow is hopping, and Heatwave is a phenomenal song.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sneaker Pimps founding member Chris Corner began performing as the drippingly seductive electro-pop persona IAMX in 2003. Adopting the trappings of mid-'80s electro-pop and new wave acts like New Order, the Cure, and Depeche Mode with his pounding, reverb-swathed, synth-washed compositions, Corner's work as IAMX represented a notable departure from his work with the Sneaker Pimps. His first full-length as IAMX, Kiss & Swallow, was released on Recall in 2004; the sophomore IAMX album, The...
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