Guido Craveiro's project "Dubxanne" is back after a long break - it's really been an incredible 15 years since "police in Dub" past? If you listen to the new album "Popwave in Dub“ (Echo Beach) time doesn't matter anymore: Craveiro's productions then as now are flawlessly produced and mixed, the sound very balanced and highly polished. But that brings us to the first point of criticism: Such brilliantly clean productions inspire for the time being, but after repeated listening, signs of fatigue are spreading. Everything is so neat and tidy that you want to scratch the vinyl to create a bit of shoddy. Before the vinyl fans among us get outraged: This review is based on the album stream.
The album title “Popwave in Dub“ sets the direction: reggae-fected cover versions of 80s titles, located somewhere between new wave and simple pop – right across the board, so to speak. This sometimes works impressively well, as the early releases of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and Blondie's "Heart of Glass" or the furious "Tainted Love" show; sometimes less good (Depeche Mode's "It's no good", Visage's "Fade to Grey") and sometimes not at all: Cindy Lauper's chewing gum pop "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is available here in the male version, which lacks any liveliness of the original leaves.
The album finally offers six more Dub-versions, which naturally interest us the most: The mixes are up-to-date, but a bit restrained when it comes to the effects. The latter does not always have to be a disadvantage, especially if you want to put the repetitive element in the foreground or simply want to intensify the atmosphere. See (or hear) the successful ones Dub Versions of The Cure's languid "Lullaby" and Blondie's "Heart of Glass". "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", on the other hand, is also available as Dub a flop – there was nothing left to save.
Such a hit & miss album is difficult to rate and the number of stars can only be a considered compromise. So on the plus side there's a nice idea, a skillful production and some nice titles and Dubs. Negatives are the clinically clean sound and one or the other mistake in the song selection; you can't ignore the Cindy Lauper total failure either. Therefore, may each form his own opinion; for the reviewer, the positives ultimately outweigh the negatives.