Picks and Pans Review: En-Tact

UPDATED 12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

The Shamen

Get ready for techno-rave, a new dance music already busting eardrums in Europe but still largely an underground pleasure over here.

Techno-rave's furious synthesizers, assaulting rhythm and unrelenting speed are simply not Club MTV-ready. This heavy-metal disco can damage the senses. Nonetheless major labels are signing such techno-ravers as Belgium's Quadro-phonia and L.A. Style, and T-99 from Britain.

But the Shamen, from Scotland, seem most likely to lift the genre into the mainstream. On En-Tact they do what LL Cool J did for rap: use pop hooks, sly vocals and easy, gliding melodies to soften the style's hard edges. A choir of synthesized guitars propels "Make It Mine" into Jesus Jones terrain. Third-world chants add color to the otherwise lackluster "Lightspan." The Shamen will need more than pop-friendly hooks and caged aggression to make it. But they're off to a promising start.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters