The Product Of My Pain - Review
This project was started by Kimberly Kornmeier in 1998 and we've been treated with a few EPs, but this is the band's first full-length album.
It is packed with music, including fifteen tracks exhibiting a dark electronic, dance-friendly mix of EBM and synthpop sounds. After a dozen original tracks there are also three remixes included that reveal a slightly different take on those pieces. All work together well keeping the album driving and fast-paced with the heavy beats and pulsating synths.
Gothic Paradise listeners should be familiar with this band by now as we've featured several favorites on the radio show for months. There are several elements I reall like about this album and project in general. Harnassing the power of a myriad of synth loops and dance-friendly rhythms that are akin to great melodic synthpop bands, along with the heavy beats and darker song structures with emotional lyrics the music fits well into our range of favorite genres here. Leaving behind the sex-driven sassyness that many other female-fronted electronic bands portray, and rising above the gasoline-induced vomiting vocals of harsh EBM bands, we have some great selections here. "Trail Of Tears" kicks it all off for the album and is one of the slower-paced tracks for the album and it's followed by one moving, melodic piece after another. They remain fairly homogenous, but I think there's just enough variety in each song structure to keep it interesting to tell one piece from another. I think the album length is about perfect, the remixes lend a slightly different touch to the pieces as to not be overbearing, or destroy the overall style. Fifteen pieces is definitely a nice sized album amongst so many EPs, digital-only singles and so on.
I definitely have some favorites, including the aforementioned track with it's somewhat mid-tempo beat. The lyrics are all fairly intelligent and the emotion comes out strong, keeping the feeling of humanity intact. "The Weak Shall Fall" definitely has that touch of 80's synthpop flare to it with the mix of electronics and gliding synths used. The melodic song structure is catchy and simple in nature from verse to verse building up for a nice chorus. "Believe" and "Perfect World" also come in as favorites with the driving beats keeping the music moving along, but "Embrace The Darkness" really captures the essence of smooth, driving, emotional synthpop music at it's best. Kim's vocals really come out on this piece as well, showing her strong vocal talent, from the smooth, soft vocals on each verse, to the higher, stronger expressions during the chorus. These are accented by layers of various electronics driven by heavy beats to keep the feet dancing and body moving. The various press releases mentioned a lot about the cover of Blondie
's "Heart of Glass", but I have to say the artist's original songs do more for me and probably most listeners than this modern synthpop cover version could ever do and I would have to say leaving it out may have even been a better choice, left for the live shows.
Overall this is a great album, packed with great music, running long, making the listener feel like they really got their money's worth. Highly recommended for fans of labelmates The Azoic
and other modern and 80's synthpop fans.
Label: Nilaihah Records