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dEUS - Vantage Point

Friday 9 May 2008

As the album Pocket Revolution was being released back in 2005, Tom Barman, the charismatic frontman of dEUS announced that the band had almost suffered a permanent separation while working to make it. Reviews were nonetheless fairly good and the band did tour. But internal changes were made over and over again… and I sincerely feared the end of Belgium’s most amazing band.

Out today is Vantage Point, dEUS fifth album – three years on and dEUS has apparently reached maximum maturity. This, it turns out, is both good and bad. Firstly, it is clearly positive because the album is well structured and intensely powerful. It is also good because one can feel and hear that the band is fully confident when it launches itself into a track like “The Architect”, reaching levels of heaviness never yet reached by the band while maintaining that definitely dEUS pop-rock feel. There is a problem with maturity however and that is the witnessing of a lack of experimentation. dEUS no longer has those genius moments which were so present on Ideal Crash. Barman and co. have reached a level where they perhaps feel they know who they are what their fans expect… and so they deliver with few surprises.

Vantage Point is a very good album with a number of great singles on it… “The Vanishing of Maria Schneider” is a great track which works very nicely with the voice of Guy Garvey, singer of Elbow – a track that would be perfect for the soundtrack of a 1950s romantic comedy. Other collaboration on this album: Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife. She flew in from her native Stockholm to add her unique sounding voice to Vantage Point on “Slow” – a passionate song.

dEUS is a creative band and Barman a real musical genius. Without him, it seems that the band would be no more and that would truly be a pity. Vantage Point is not dEUS’s best attempt but nonetheless, it is a solid album which demonstrates a renewed and much-needed vitality.

Polo

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