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.
|Ouverture / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||5:26|
|Voices / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||4:07|
|I Wonder Why||Prezioso||4:15|
|The First Picture of You / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||4:10|
|Gimme a Beat / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||5:06|
|Let Me Stay / P. Sandrini||Prezioso||3:54|
|Emergency 911 / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||4:27|
|Goodbye Girl / Peter Cox / Richard Drummie||Prezioso||6:25|
|Tell Me Why / P. Sandrini||Prezioso||4:32|
|Rock the Discothek / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||4:42|
|Back to Life||Prezioso||4:10|
|Sweet Love / Sam Zucchini||Prezioso||4:41|