DE/VISION - Best Of...

De/Vision - Best Of...

31 songs
146:17 minutes
***** **


When people have to name German synth pop bands, they normally first come up with Wolfsheim, although De/Vision, another two-piece, has more or less the same history, starting at the same time (late 80s to early 90s), releasing regularly albums and even gaining chart access. I knew De/Vision only from an obscure compilation which was released more than ten years ago, which is why their originally titled Best Of compilation is a good way to get introduced to their music.

First of all I have the be sincere enough to state that I don't really like that kind of music. It is thanks to De/Vision's talents as songwriters that I still manage to listen a couple of times to this collection of mostly singles. Inspired by bands like Depeche Mode and Camouflage, De/Vision play a very mature synth pop sound with melancholic undertones and often enough a sure hand for hit potential. After about a dozen albums I still do wonder why this compilation sounds like just one normal album, even though with very good songs and hardly any fillers on it. This probably means that De/Vision stayed true to their sound throughout their career, or to put it into a less flattering light: they never dared any bigger changes. But to say something like that, I guess I would have to be more familiar with their past releases. The first edition comes as a double CD, where the second disc contains remixes and other rare tracks.

Those of you who have never heard of De/Vision will probably find a good point of entry with this compilation. Fans will try to get the limited edition. And I decide that I actually am rather fond of their sound and their appealing melodies, but that this compilation is also more than I will ever need of them. Seven points, more than I expected to give in the beginning, to one of the pioneering German synth pop bands.

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