The Invincible Spirit Anthology
By Marcus Pan
It's doesn't get much better than finding that an industrial
favorite from the 80's is still stomping. The release of The Invincible
Spirit's Anthology 1984-2004 showcases many tracks that I have been
crunching floors with since I first found my way into the Newark/NY underground
via the Pipeline and they are still as unmistakable now as they were twenty
Including tracks from as early as their 1984 Love Is a
Kind of Mystery release and running right up to include an unreleased
track, Mon-Key, twenty years later, The Invincible Spirit anthology is
just as good as the Croc Shop's(1) that popped out just a month or so previous.
Fans who are looking for that mid-80s in your face vocal style (Armegeddon
Dildos, Laether Strip, etc.) coupled with the bright keyboards and synthetics
as they were first utilized for this sound will find a lot to enjoy on
Showdown, from 1990's Rollercoaster Revolution
album, creeps in on ominous synthetic feet. What I like about Invincible
Spirit, besides it's poppiness and harkening back to original days of new wave,
synth pop and industrial, is its rare use of any semblance of vocal and vox
effects. It's always very up front and rarely covered with anything to hide its
flavor and effect. That gives this outfit much more appeal for me the
obvious electronic synthetic interface combining with its humanistic
counterpoint in voice and feelings.
Anothology 1984-2004's X-factor is the closing
Mon-Key on track 15. The first new Invincible Spirit track in many
years, one can't help but wonder how well they are going to pull off their old
glory. Can it be as good as older, classic Invincible Spirit? It opens windily
and grows into a thumping bass groove with rap-style vocals and sparingly but
effectively applied synth hits. It's fabulous. More modern, but still
convincingly Invincible Spirit, it makes you bop and makes your head bounce.
Here's to hoping that Invincible Spirit kick out a new full length soon.
As us 80's goths hit our mid-30s and start remembering and
missing stomping the Pipeline, Limelight, Green Suede (I think that was the
name) or any of the old clubs of our time, we're going to need some of our old
staples to return to us as we start going out again. The Invincible Spirit can
and should be one of these. There when we arrived, still there when we left
and still here now to welcome us back.
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(1) Referencing Croc_Shop.SEA,
reviewed in Legends
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