Faking The Books - Lali Puna
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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the German electro-pop outfit led by vocalist Valerie Trebeljahr and guitarist Markus Acher (also of The Notwist).
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. Accessible enough for people who learn about new music from [NPR] and sonically interesting enough to appeal to hardcore electroheads. [May 2004, p.110]
  2. Faking the Books is one of the best albums to come out so far this year.
  3. 90
    Another truly wondrous record. [May 2004, p.99]
  4. Faking the Books is a small forward step rather than a dramatic leap for Lali Puna -- which, all things considered, is still a step in the right direction.
  5. Tarnished as it is, Faking The Books is still a treasure. Ignore the ham-fisted political treatises and enjoy it for what it is: a streamlined marvel of IDM song architecture.
  6. Faking the Books loses some momentum beneath a glut of precious, minimal electro-ballads that dot the album.... But the album succeeds brilliantly on the louder numbers.
  7. In forgoing the lifeblood of dynamic and passion, the creative minds behind the project fall to maximize its potential, however agreeable their compositions may be.

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  1. andreasr
    Jun 15, 2004
    if u loved scary theories...this one will really surprise you!!
  2. wackyman
    May 25, 2004
    proves that rock and techno can go hand in hand You don't need computers to make techno, their sound creates the same atmosphere just like can did in the seventies playing at festivals this summer be sure to check them out Expand
  3. Patrick
    Jun 8, 2004
    A very enjoyable album. It gives that great tipe of prot-techno that has all but disappeared in modern electornica. A great throwback to the days of Kraftwerk. And the tracks are really tight. The Chord progressions work, and the synth lines are rather progressive Expand
  4. BenjaminBunny
    Oct 9, 2004
    Doesn't quite reach the artistic heights of The Notwist's similar "Neon Golden," nevertheless "Faking The Books" contains some extremely catchy and gorgeous songs that sound best when played over and over and over... Expand
  5. markf
    Apr 27, 2004
    This album is listed by genre as electronic and you'll have to find it at the dance section at the store, but if your idea of electronic is early New Order fronted by the singer of Young Marble Giants (or if that's too obscure, maybe Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo), then you should enjoy this. It very well could also appeal to Radiohead Heads (count me in) who appreciate the later stuff. Fully half of the songs seem rock to me. Anyhow, I hope the ravers don't think they've turned their backs on them and the rockers give it a chance. Expand