Humanoid By Tokio Hotel
Moody German rock group Tokio Hotel, who you may have heard of and who you’re likely to have mistaken for a girl group at least once, have just released their second full-length English album. “Humanoid” marks an attempt to break into the U.S. music market properly. It’s a 12 track (or 16 if you get the U.S. special edition) collection of stomping beats and melodramatic vocals that definitely singles the young band out as having something to say with their music, instead of simply singing along to some pretty-sounding tunes.
Most of the songs have a vibe that wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with your typical German band - they’re slightly heavy, somewhat industrial sounding, and the songs are filled with synthesized vocals. But when the songs really get soaring, like the first single, “Automatic,” and “Darkside Of The Sun,” they really are great to listen to. “Forever Now” and “Hey You” are also particularly anthemic tunes.
However, there are points where the idea gets too much and the quartet ends up sounding like a Rammstein/Tori Amos collaboration where the beats are to heavy and the music too far removed from its audience. Although, it is fitting for the overall concept of the album that these seriously industrial tracks are titled “Human Connect To Human” and the title track, “Humanoid,” making the album’s idea that humans are becoming part machine come across quite effectively.
Other strong tracks include “Love And Death,” “Screamin,’” and the atmospheric “World Behind My Wall.”
After a couple of listens, it becomes clear that “Humanoid” shows off a darker side to Tokio Hotel’s music, and while it may not have the musical attractiveness of their previous English album it sure does leave an imprint in your mind. Buy it if you’re looking to explore new and original alt-rock bands.
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