Two guest vocalist are featured here, and I bet you’re very familiar with both. First off, we have Martin L. Gore, putting in a nice performance on the album’s best track “Man Made Machine”. This is one of those occasions that they get it right, with both a strong riff and a great melody. The other guest is none other than Douglas McCarthy, on “The Knife” a suitably EBM tinged little number that doesn’t manage to go all the way. It has no bass, just bass drums and some twirly synths. It just sounds a bit off, and stops and starts all the time. Maybe it’s because I’m used to hear Douglas’ vocals on top of a full-on action background, and Motor is much more subdued. Maybe I should applaud them for not taking the easy way out, but I just feel frustrated. Maybe it works better in a club?
They do manage to get it right in other places though, such as “In the Dark” and the opener “Messed Up”, but even these are tracks I don’t take with me after I turned the record off. If you like your techno body music on the minimal side, check it out.