CD REVIEW: The Perfects - The Perfects
By Cyrus Rhodes - 11/18/2012 - 06:08 PM EST
Artist: The Perfects
Album: The Perfects
Label: FU Records
Genre: Electronica, drum'n'bass, trip-hop and trance
Sounds Like: Guru Josh Project, Ladytron, The Cure, New Order, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Control, Revo, Sudden Victory
The Perfecta hail from Baltimore, Maryland. Their latest CD entitled “Sudden Victory” was just released and features 9 tracks.
The CD kicks things off with “Sudden Victory” a dynamic prelude piece that serves up a hypnotic groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition against infectious dance melodies and a rocked out chorus. Track 2 “Control” presents a steady flowing bass driven groove with captivating lyrical content against a grand slam chorus. This coupled with an impressive hooky groove and heartfelt vocal delivery makes for an impressive follow-up statement. Track 3 presents more of the same with “Many Nights’ a dynamic movement that dishes out guitar ambience against a hypnotic vocal vibe and solid low end sonic rhythm. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, New Order, The Chemical Brothers, Guru Josh Project, and Depeche Mode. The music itself is a captivating blend of Ambient Pop, melodic Alternative Rock and hard hitting Dance Pop. The writing, playing, and singing abilities of The Perfects are impressive enough to say the least. Peters’ emotional vocal delivery goes down smooth, and fits this catalogue well. What I like the most about this CD is its sheer song for song unpredictability and an underlining dark ambient presence. You never really know what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Along the way you will hear much in the way of Instrumentation. Things like guitar, sonic piano, alluring keyboard and synthesizer accents, well placed vocal harmonies all built upon a solid low end foundation. Equally as impressive is the wide range of sonic beats and low end grooves presented throughout. I give The Perfects high marks on writing virtuoso and not being afraid of being highly original. The lyrics seem very straightforward but make no bones about it they are extremely thought provoking and unpredictable. There’s also plenty of rich melodic layering woven deep within the fabric of the music. In classic parallel fashion the subject matter of some of these songs is also buried deep within the lyrical content. From the mesmerizing U2 cover song “With or Without You” to the heartfelt “Forever” and “Girls that Dance” to the foreboding “Revo” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “End of Us” the prefect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
From start to finish this latest CD from The Perfects is highly original, catchy as hell, unpredictable and will push the envelope hard. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of front man Ric Peters. There’s enough musical talent and songwriting prowess here to be extremely dangerous. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted with lyrical content is hard to pin down and the music and sampling touches are brilliant.
Like the aforementioned I really enjoyed the “Trippiness” and sheer unpredictability of all the songs. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artists who can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. The Perfects certainly do just that.
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