Review - Hotel Morgen

Artist: To Rococo Rot

To Rococo Rot has grown to be one of a very few groups currently capable of producing electro-pop with soul. "Hotel Morgen" started out as an album to be created using only "real" instruments, but TRR succumbed to their affection for the purely electronic, resulting in an album that merges opposite worlds. Thus, on the Berlin trio's fifth full-length, new pastoral sensibilities emerge while their affection for brittle, repetitious techno percussion remains intact. To Rococo Rot's simple bass and synthesizer vamps might prove flimsy, but, when layered, produce songs deeper in composition and more sensitive in scope than anything approached on their 2001 album, the similarly semi-organic The Amateur View. Most songs aren't as accessible as their popular "Cars," but the catchy, house-influenced "Miss You" comes close. Still, the mature, subdued tones on Hotel Morgen subtly worm their way into your mind.

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