Album: The Grid, Doppelganger (Some Bizarre)

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The Independent Culture

In the Old Rave era, long after Soft Cell had fallen apart, synth maestro Dave Ball formed the Grid with Richard Norris, and sold millions.

Their comeback album 'Doppelganger' displays all the versatility you'd expect from the man who wrote "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" and "Swamp Thing". There's an echo of the early Eighties on "Pleasure Control", there's Art of Noise-style ambience on "Closer" and "Mighty Heroik" (with Robert Fripp on "Frippertronic guitar"), and there's even Beach Boys-esque doo-wop on "Be Here with You". Grown-up, sophisticated stuff, without ever losing its sense of fun.