Album review: CLAUDIA BRUCKEN – Where Else

Claudia Brucken - Where Else

Cherry Red [Release date 06.10.14]

For many, Claudia Brücken will be synonymous with 80′s German synth pop band Propaganda – one of the first bands to be signed to Trevor Horn’s ZTT label and their 1985 debut A Secret Wish.

Since that time she’s collaborated with others (with Thomas Leer in, Act, OMD’s Paul Humphries in Onetwo, and Andrew Poppy) as well as pursing a solo career.  Where Else is, however, her first release constructed around the guitar and a move away from her long term association with electronic ethereal synth sounds.

A collaboration with producer John Williams, and written and recorded at his North Kensington studio, Where Else doesn’t shift entirely away from Brücken’s roots – there’s still plenty of electronic beats at play, but the overlying instrumentation is more folk and blues influenced in a set that skates gracefully across a range of evocative moods with subtle elements of folk, blues, rock, film score and electronica.

Add Brücken’s sultry vocals to the mix and Where Else is a rather engaging affair.  ***

Review by Pete Whalley


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