Berlin's first album in 16 years is a continuation of its 1980s synth-hewn, new-wave beginnings. Early singles "Sex (I'm A . . .
Berlin's first album in 16 years is a continuation of its 1980s synth-hewn, new-wave beginnings. Early singles "Sex (I'm A . . .)" and "No More Words," which launched lead singer Terri Nunn's sexy vocal style into the mainstream, were simply perfect for dancefloors. The group picks up its dance roots and signature vocals throughout Voyeur, particularly on such tracks as "Blink of an Eye," a synth-pop fest that suggests the world's problems could be solved by dancing the night away, and "Drug," a desperate love story with rock-etched beats. With the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Nunn wrote "Sacred and Profane" (also the name of a Pumpkins song), a dark tale of obsession inspired by Nunn's first INXS concert. "To a King," one of the album's slower tracks, also has an obsession theme, likening a love interest to a noble king. Truly, a welcome return.—JK
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