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Sascha Mario Klein formed Neuroticfish in the early nineties after breaking off with his previous band to work on his own solo work.  What has evolved over the years is what we have come to know through a myriad of releases.  1999 saw the first release on the record label TCM which gave Sascha the freedom and control he wanted while still having a record deal.  Soon he would have club-hits and tracks appearing on the German alternative charts (DAC) and cause a stir with the sample "Electronic Body Music is Dead".  This phrase has become the catchy phrase for this project even though many people sometimes classify the mix of synthpop and industrial elements that often forms the music as EBM.

Over the next years record deals would emerge with Bloodline and currently with Strangeways Records in Europe and Dancing Ferret Discs in North America.  A number of follow-up releases and re-releases have come out as well as a handful of popular singles.  All of this has led to the popularity that has brought Neuroticfish to electronic music fans all over the world. Finally, in 2008 we were presented with the "best of" album titled A Greater Good and the announcement that like EBM, Neuroticfish is dead. We all thank Sascha for the great music and wish him the best.

With musical styles and elements ranging mostly in the various electronic and synthpop genres, it's fairly easy to imagine the music presented by this artist.  Typical are a few electronic loops, usually backed by club-friendly dance music.  Smooth, often emotional and clear melodic vocals form the backbone of each song and has become easily recognizable among fans.

Check out selections past and present from this group on the Gothic Paradise club mix radio show.  Also visit the website and label pages for updates and samples.

A Greater Good - Review

I guess if there was I way I would want finalize a musical project, it would be just like this, with a "best of" album. So, as a final farewell we're presented with some great music that span the decade that is the career of Neuroticfish with a long list of great tracks that fans old and new will recognize and enjoy.

The album starts off with two new tracks in "Can't Stop A Riot" and "A Greater Good". As heard on these two tracks he kept going strong right up until the very end. Both of these pieces bring out the dance-friendly melodic electro-pop styles with looping synths and Sascha's solid vocals and thoughtful lyrics. This takes us into the 2008 remix of "M.F.A.P.L." as another new element for this album so it's not all stuff that we've heard before.

After these first three pieces, we're thrust right into the plethora of popular club tracks that have been an ingrained part of the dance-friendly side of this scene for the last decade. I'm sure that every reader and listener will have their own list of favorites from all of the releases from this project, but I'll just touch on a few highlights here from the 16 tracks on the album. I think obvious favorites are those driving, club-friendly pieces like "Prostitute" with it's fast and heavy beat with looped electronics that keep the body moving, along with "The Bomb" which is one of the more recent dance hits or "Velocity" which has become a real classic. These amongst "Wake Me Up" and "Black Again" become the solid foundation that has kept this band going and being heard on a weekly basis in clubs around the world.

Though these are the heavily played club tracks and probably most recognized from this band, Sascha was able to pull off some simple, emotional down-tempo pieces as well in the form of "Care", though this is the only piece of this style that appears on this album. The others are all mainly driving with a heavy beat, though pieces like "Skin" are broken up between verses and the driving chorus. The breakbeats and somber moods on "I Don't Need This City" are a little bit of a break from the driving dance music of the other pieces. However, as one listens to this entire album you can see how this solid electro-pop foundation has become such a popular project in this music scene. This is definitely a nice collector's piece to have whether a long-time fan or just a newcomer, it's a great way to have so much great music all one disc.

Rating: 4/5

No Instruments - Review

Finally fans in N. America have the chance to get their hands on the first album from this band, previously only available on import. Though many people that have frequented goth/industrial clubs and DJs will no doubt be familiar with many tracks from this album due to other releases and picking up the imports, this is a great addition to make the collection complete.  This album combines everything from the driving EBM and synthpop to the broken drum 'n bass and bits and pieces of 80's electro-pop sounds for a nice set of fourteen total selections.

Probably the most recognized track on this disc is "Black Again" because of it's inclusion on different compilations and it's frequent play on radio and at clubs.  Though it's not a favorite of mine because of the constant looping short vocal phrases, I do recognize that it's a nice club track, easy to mix with a ton of other electronic club staples, and we can't forget that familiar phrase now of "electronic body music is dead".  Favorites from the album for me include less techno-driven pieces, such as "Close" which kicks the album off with some stellar synth work.  Following close behind is "Unexpected" in much the same fashion that will make any synth lover swoon with their excellent use on this piece.  The light break-beats on this piece make it more a radio favorite than something you might here at the club, but still a great selection.

This debut album sort of introduces us to the somber side of this project with so many pieces that drift in and out of synthesized ethereal drifting. These synths provide the perfect back-drop for the somber lyrics and vocals on such tracks as "Pain", "M.F.A.P.L." or "Hospitality".  Picking up the beat on several tracks provide a great high for club music fans, including a bit of 80's mixed in on "Mechanic of the Sequence" or "Breaking the Cliche", a couple of favorite selections on this disc.

The album moves on through the myriad of electronic music styles and finally wraps up with a less than desirable remix of "M.F.A.P.L.", but thankfully we're left with the awesome, moody piece "All I Say".  This finale track starts off slow mixing orchestral strings and electronics that slowly move over a somber distant percussion.  This all builds gradually over electronic loops and more prominent percussion, ebbing and swaying, and gradually fading to silence for about 45 seconds until we hit the "hidden" track which is a version of "Black Again".  This is a great ending for the album, creating something most fans should enjoy from start to finish.

Rating: 4/5

Gelb - Review

In a scene that seems saturated with EBM, Electro-Industrial and Synthpop music, it's easy for a band to get lost amongst the crowds. This band has emerged and faded amongst the countless releases in this genre over the past few years, but a few tracks have managed to always remain in the foreground and kept this band alive in my mind and collection.  So with this latest release, I have been looking forward to what new directions and material we would be presented with.

After the short intro "loading..." we're presented with a track that really reminds me of Peter Gabriel including a smooth, slow mid-tempo beat and smooth male vocals.  The intensity in the track builds and fades providing nice dynamics.  So this was a nice twist away from the pounding beats.  However, the club-friendly single "The Bomb" picks this all up with the danceable beats and typical loops that are easily recognizable as Neuroticfish.  There are a few of these really dance-friendly tracks, including "Waving Hands" which has become my favorite because of the emotional power presented in the moving music.  Trance and techno fans can get their kicks from some of the latter tracks on the album "You're the Fool" and "Solid You" with very fast-paced beats and swooshing synths that fade in and out throughout the track.

Mostly this album is full of some great dynamic material, not just club beats.  "I Never Chose You" and "Ich Spure Keinen Schmerz" are two great examples of powerful mid-tempo music full of pounding beats and great layered synths fronted by strong vocals.  This same style wraps up the album in the form of "Suffocating Right" and leaves the listener well off having just heard a great mix of music of various styles, all within the accessible electronic genres.

For those that enjoy a little tongue-in-cheek moment, the cover of "They're Coming To Take Me Away" is a nice treat.  Besides another short interlude, aptly titled "A Short Commercial Break", the music and vocal style is all very serious and thoughtful.

Overall I think all of the individual tracks are quite well done.  It has some great material for fans of the various electronic styles, all with plenty of power and emotion.  The album as a whole lacks a little bit of cohesiveness as the tempo and mood varies quite a bit.  With thirteen good tracks, I think there is plenty of listening material to please a number of fans.

Rating: 4/5

Label: Dancing Ferret Discs

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