Most of you will know Gerritt Thomas as the brains behind the much-loved Funker Vogt but he also has a couple of side-projects on the go which allow him to explore other musical areas, namely Fusspils 11, Ravenous and this one, Fictional, who present here their second album.
In comparison with the aggressive FV sound this is lighter, poppier and easier going with Jason Bainbridge's melodic vocal style provided a suitable accompaniment to the ever-present dancey rhythms. True, there are obvious similarities on many of the backing sequences used, most noticeably on "Hunting Machine" (where even the title would fit an FV track!), "Private Nightmare" and "Perfect Stranger" while Kai Schmidt's lyrics provide another FV link. As might be expected these are slightly gloomy with "The Sound Of The Falling Rain", for example, telling the bittersweet tale of a young girl's suicide. The superbly catchy "The Weatherman" deals with the subject's meteorological powers rather than his TV predictions and is probably the most immediately infectious track to be found here, a prime candidate for club exposure. As the album progresses the more muscular numbers such as "Intencity" or the slow and brooding "Genuine Experience" come more to the fore, although "Losing" and the jaunty "Voyager" do provide something of a respite before we experience the slow and grandly majestic track "When The World Is Dying". Although it has it's darker side, on the whole this is an uplifting, dynamic and superbly rendered offering and would have made a fitting climax to the album were it not for the 'bonus', a cover of Robbie Williams' "Angels" which loses none of the mush of the original. I'm quite sure that this will give the band's German fanbase a heart attack, such are the similarities with the original, although, in fairness and, being totally objective for a moment, Bainbridge makes a very good job of the vocals on a song which is reputedly very hard to sing well so it shows him at his best if nothing else.
So if you find Funker Vogt a bit on the heavy and aggressive side then Fictional should suit you as they provide a similar style in a more accessable, easier to handle format.
Artist Link: http://www.repomanagement.de