ARTHUR KRAUSE show fantasy with their name – with
that the three people form Sweden will win the prize for the strangest
self-appellation. But unfortunately the do not show this fantasy
in their music on the debut-album Before And After.
The band conjures up the spirit of the good old times – and
especially of the Sisters Of Mercy. Some of these songs would perfectly
fit on “First & Last & Always”. This becomes
already apparent on the first song Inhuman Liberty, a midtempo-track
with typical 80ies-goth guitars and keyboard-sounds, and in addition
a dark voice that sings in the style of Andrew Eldtrich. “Well”,
you will think, one song in this manner is okay, there will be others
which are more self-contained – but you will get disappointed.
This won’t be changed by the fact that the songs alternate
in pace: Violence has a little bit more “speed”,
Fadime is more a ballad. Only Take Me Hard is different
and better: It has more variations and has charm with its angry
drums. But besides that this album really sounds dusty and outmoded
– I would have like it in the 80ies.