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  • The First Letter [Mute/Elektra, 1991] A-

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The First Letter [Mute/Elektra, 1991]
The idea that asking a small tier of machines to stand in for drummer Robert Gotobed jolted them back to their original vision doesn't hold up against their original sound, which was starker and drier than this even after they'd gone art-rock. But vision and sound aren't the same, and here everything decentered and acerbic in the eerie, fluent electrodisco they fashioned upon returning--everything that kept their fans hoping they'd return for real--is upped a notch. Now let's hope they devolve. A-