David Browne
May 03, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alright on Top

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Luke Slater
Producers
Mute

We gave it an A-

It was only a matter of time before someone rediscovered ’80s synth-pop, that merger of machinery, melody, and vocal monotone. In America it’s the Faint; in the U.K. it’s Slater, who ditches the experimental vibe of his previous work for this rousing album of upgraded dance pop. Such tracks as ”Only You” and ”Nothing at All” rattle and hum like good electronica, but singer Ricky Barrow’s dry emotionalism and the songs’ undeniable hooks are pure old-school techno-pop. All that’s missing are intros by an original MTV VJ. A-

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