The Top 50 Albums of Year 2010… #25 PARRALOX “Metropolis”
25. PARRALOX “Metropolis”
Australia’s Parralox, our very own answer to Yazoo, have come a long way since their 2008 debut “Electricity” (which contains the best cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” ever.) “Metropolis”, which seems to be their twentieth album release in nearly three years, is their best, most self-assured and confident collection of work so far.
Sounding strongly comfortable in their own skin, the Parralox sound has expanded past just being one of great electropop. On Metropolis, Parralox solidify themselves as near-pioneers of a particular blend of electropop not so directly championed since the 1980′s. While a lot of artists make records with heavy 80′s influence, “Metropolis” sounds like it was made in the 1980′s, taking the listener back to the Italo Flames Of Love last heard on the records of, for example, Fancy.
From the cowbells of “Supermagic” (which sounds a bit like Divine’s “Native Love”), the outright brilliance of “I Sing The Body Electric”, to the Hi-NRG levels of stomper “Promised Land”, the heartbreaking and lovingly melancholic “Miss You” (a career highlight, both production-wise and lyrically), to stunning duet and record opener “Ancient Times”, Parralox are on the up-and-up as one of the most talented and – criminally so – overlooked acts of our generation.
It might not be groundbreaking, but it’s satisfyingly fun whilst still being very intelligent pop music. I’ll never understand quite why Parralox haven’t exploded into being as massively loved as I honestly feel they should be, but am hopeful that there’s still time for them yet in 2011 and beyond.