|Captive Audience are back with more Eurostyled industrial techno -- just
like mom used to make (but only if mom was Cosey of Chris and Cosey).
Conley and Warwick inhabit a sonic space that should be familiar to anyone
who spent time in a nightclub in the late eighties, or whose record collection
contains a quantifiable percentage of ten year-old Wax Trax! or Nettwerk
The epic-length "Dream Engine," for instance, has the "charm" of a Eurodisco
melding its cold, metallic mood with an earthy ability to stir sweat-drenched
bodies into motion. Then there's the unveiled cyberoticism of "My Machine
Will F--- You" (sic), packed with vocal samples narrating sexual roboticism
at work. There aren't any blaring guitars or gravel-gargling vocals -- the
at work here predates them. It's more a matter of finding an intriguing
snippet of film dialogue and constructing beat-driven ambiance around it --
employed at length by Skinny Puppy, though Captive Audience lacks their gothic
horror trappings. Ultimately, as with the previous CA album, We Are
Other's Baby will have the greatest appeal for those who long for the
industrial sound, unadulterated by guitars -- but on the dance floor, its magnetic appeal should be almost universal.