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Southern Lands [Import]

Cetu Javu Audio CD
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Techno rockers' 1993 release on ZYX. Includes the minor underground hits 'Situation' and 'Have in Mind' plus two tunes in Spanish, 'Adonde' and 'Quien Lo Sabia' plus eight more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Synthpop Made 6 Years Too Late March 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
... or maybe I should say 10 years too early. Either way, in the early 90's German outfit Cetu Javu put out an excellent album of addictive synth pop at a time when the world wanted nothing to do this slick new wave sound. Too bad, people missed out on some of the best electronic pop music written.
I was tempted to only give this 4 stars simply because there are some misses and filler contained herein, but when CJ hits the mark they really hit it, so I went back to 5. I truly believe that had "Situations" been released prior to 1986 it would have become one the true synth new wave anthems in the vein of Visage's "Fade to grey", Alphaville's "Big in Japan", Camouflage's "Great Commandment" or Yaz's "Situation"... hey, isn't that a neat coincidence. Having made those comparisons, I'd have to say that this song is most similar to "Big in Japan" with its Asian influenced synth patch... it sounds like an analog simulation of plucking a koto. The chorus is insanely catchy: "We get together... nothing matters... situations like these I never like to miss." Say, did Mesh steal from this song on their hit "Situations Like These"? You bet they did.
The second single was the perky "Have in Mind", a linear, straighforward dance track that reminds me of a song by Anything Box. Another standout is the album's title track and leadoff song "Southern Lands". It starts with slinky synth line that grows in force until the beat and other hooks kick in. Personally this is my second favorite on the disc.
The Spanish-sung "Adonde" is crisp and will keep your head bobbing. I've always been disappointed that no synth-pop or electroclash club I've been to has busted this song out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful New Wave Made 6 Years Too Late March 27 2004
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... or maybe I could say 10 years too early. Either way, in the early 90's German outfit Cetu Javu put out an excellent album of addictive synth pop at a time when the world wanted nothing to do this slick new wave sound. Too bad, people missed out on some of the best electronic pop music written.
I was tempted to only give this 4 stars simply because there are some misses and filler contained herein, but when CJ hits the mark they really hit it, so I went back to 5. I truly believe that had "Situations" been released prior to 1986 it would have become one the true synth new wave anthems in the vein of Visage's "Fade to grey", Alphaville's "Big in Japan", Camouflage's "Great Commandment" or Yaz's "Situation"... hey, isn't that a neat coincidence. Having made those comparisons, I'd have to say that this song is most similar to "Big in Japan" with its Asian influenced synth patch... it sounds like an analog simulation of plucking a koto. The chorus is insanely catchy: "We get together... nothing matters... situations like these I never like to miss." Say, did Mesh steal from this song on their hit "Situations Like These"? You bet they did.
The second single was the perky "Have in Mind", a linear, straighforward dance track that reminds me of a song by Anything Box. Another standout is the album's title track and leadoff song "Southern Lands". It starts with slinky synth line that grows in force until the beat and other hooks kick in. Personally this is my second favorite on the disc.
The Spanish-sung "Adonde" is crisp and will keep your head bobbing. I've always been disappointed that no synth-pop or electroclash club I've been to has busted this song out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode Fans Stop Here! Nov. 22 2000
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Cetu Javu, a late 80's/90's synth-pop lineup heavily influenced by the Depeche Mode, was formed in Germany with Torsten Engelke, Stefan Engelke, Javier Revilla-Diez (vocals), and Christian Demere. Southern Lands is their 1990 debut album on the ZYX label, Germany, and contains 12 tracks including Spanish lyrics on a few songs. The highlights of the album are the uptempo and brilliant "Southern Lands", "Situations", and "Adonde", but the few midtempo numbers fit nicely to balance things out. In fact, both "Adonde" and "Fight Without A Reason" were B-Sides to the 1989 single "So Strange". The tracks "Situations", and "Have In Mind", both originally stand-alone singles from 1988, are also included here. Their sophomore album "Where Is Where" was released in 1992, and as far as I know after the release of the "Tiempo de Remixes" collection in 1995, the band has been mostly quiet. Cetu Javu also appear on several compilations, both official and unofficial (i.e. bootlegs), which collect their rare remixes, extended versions, b-sides, and live performances. Last but not least, for those still in the exploration phase, make sure to check out "Camouflage", another DM-analog band from Germany, with more or less systematic releases since the late 1980's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music's technique Dec 17 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is just what I can call a CD, it is danceable, it has great songs and lyrics and it has one of the most classical songs in spanish techno Adonde which is great. Situations, Have in mind, Get it, Fight without a reason are great too. Quien lo sabía is a definition of a poem
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