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  • Summary: Richard H. Kirk returns solo for Cabaret Voltaire's first studio release in 26 years.
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  • Record Label: Mute
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Experimental Electronic
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  1. Nov 19, 2020
    The music on Shadow of Fear is frequently so forceful and alive that it precludes the sensation that plagues a lot of new music by rebooted “classic” artists: you never feel like you’d be better off listening to one of their old albums.
  2. Nov 23, 2020
    All in all, Shadow Of Fear is a well-rounded release.
  3. Nov 19, 2020
    Even though Kirk used a restrained setup of vintage equipment to make Shadow of Fear, his vibrant energy and "don't look back" attitude keep the album sounding fresh and forward-thinking.
  4. Nov 19, 2020
    A brash and confident rebirth. [Dec 2020, p.31]
  5. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2020
    Universal Energy sucker-punches with an 11-minute masterclass in shapeshifting disco, and Vasto's clanking delirium clinches these industrial shadow-dwellers' influence on everyone from Derrick May to Underworld. [Dec 2020, p.83]
  6. Nov 19, 2020
    Side one exemplifies 2020 in that it’s not entirely successful. While there are great ideas bursting to get out, it also lurches mechanically and is difficult to love. It often feels laboured, like Kirk is giving himself a migraine trying to reinvent something because you suspect he feels that’s his job. Flip the record over and the outlook changes. Once he submits to the pulsating rhythms and allows himself to be free then there’s a gold rush.
  7. Nov 30, 2020
    The eight songs on the new record are all original compositions written and developed over the past six years, yet there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a Cabaret Voltaire album. While not as pulverizing as the group’s early recordings nor as sleek as the techno and house-inspired work found on 1993’s International Language, it blends the various eras of the group into a mostly satisfying whole.