Rock/electronica outfit Moenia's first album on BMG is a collection of monotone vocals over programmed synthesizers and electronic grooves.

Rock/electronica outfit Moenia's first album on BMG is a collection of monotone vocals over programmed synthesizers and electronic grooves. The programming here is intriguing, and the songs manage to be mesmerizing in the way detached vocals laid over a wide range of overlapping electronic sounds can be. But Moenia finds band members Jorge Soto, Alfonso Pichardo, and Alejandro Ortega mining too many of the same nuances, from vocal range to instrumental tone, of such early-'80s new wave/synth bands as Devo, Duran Duran, and A Flock of Seagulls. Save for the Spanish lyrics, it's a blast from the past.—LC

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