Prezioso - Back to Life

Prezioso - Back to Life
Artist:
Release Date:
2000
Recording Location:
M.D.P. Studio-Solero (Al)Italy; Media Recording Studios
Styles:
Club/Dance, Techno, Trance
Album:
Back to Life
Genre:
Duration:
55:55

These German techno stars were burning up the European club circuit during the release of Back to Life. Prezioso's thick, shimmering synth lines bring to mind the early-'90s rave anthems of L.

A. Style and Moby, while the singing (from collaborator Marvin) is reminiscent of [RoviLink="MN"]Orchestral Manoeuvresin the Dark[/RoviLink]. Most of the best material relies on samples instead of Marvin's voice, if only because Prezioso seems to put more effort into making these songs dance-friendly. These tracks include the relentless and infectious "Rock the Discothek," the goofy but fun "Emergency 911," and even the '80s sample-fest "Gimme a Beat." Although the tracks are blatantly gimmicky, it takes nothing away from the fun factor. The vocal tracks are less dependable -- for every song like the lush "Back to Life," there's a miserable fluff track like "Goodbye Girl" waiting around the corner. The problem with these tracks is that the music seems to drop out and take a back seat to the vocal line, leaving the empty lyrics to try staying afloat on nothing more than a simple bassline or a generic beat. If more attention had been given to making every song as lush and full as the instrumentals, Prezioso would have made a great old-school techno album. As it stands, Back to Life is simply a decent dance album with a few standout tracks amidst the filler.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Ouverture / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso5:26
Voices / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso4:07
I Wonder WhyPrezioso4:15
The First Picture of You / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso4:10
Gimme a Beat / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso5:06
Let Me Stay / P. SandriniPrezioso3:54
Emergency 911 / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso4:27
Goodbye Girl / Peter Cox / Richard DrummiePrezioso6:25
Tell Me Why / P. SandriniPrezioso4:32
Rock the Discothek / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso4:42
Back to LifePrezioso4:10
Sweet Love / Sam ZucchiniPrezioso4:41