Methods of Silence

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Methods of Silence
Studio album by Camouflage
Released 5 June 1989
Genre Synthpop
Length 39:17
Label Atlantic
Producer Dan Lacksman
Camouflage chronology
Voices & Images
(1988)
Methods of Silence
(1989)
Meanwhile
(1991)
Singles from Voices & Images
  1. "Love Is a Shield"
    Released: April 1989
  2. "One Fine Day"
    Released: October 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Methods of Silence is the second album by the German band Camouflage, released by Atlantic Records in June 1989. The single "Love is a Shield" reached position 9 of the German single charts making it Camouflage's most successful song[2] and at position 20 in the American Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.[1]

Background[edit]

Camouflage set up a new studio "Boys Factory 2" near their home town before entering the Synsound Studio in Brussels in early 1989. The producer, Dan Lacksman (known for his work with Telex), used both modern and old technology to create the new album. The band was given more creative freedom due to their previous success.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The album reached #13 in the German Album Charts. The first single, Love Is a Shield was also a hit, reaching #9 in the Singles Chart, and has become one of the band's best-known songs.[4]

Professional reviews[edit]

A review by Allmusic wrote that the album's "material contrasted sharply with the vibrancy of the ensuing decade" referring to the decline of the Synthpop genre at the end of the 1980s. The albums was however noted for its sonic precision and a reliance on pop-song structures.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "One Fine Day"   4:35
2. "Love Is a Shield"   4:42
3. "Anyone"   3:45
4. "Your Skinhead Is the Dream"   4:56
5. "On Islands"   4:48
6. "Feeling Down"   4:10
7. "Sooner Than We Think"   3:50
8. "A Picture of Life"   3:40
9. "Les Rues"   3:30
10. "Rue De Moorslede (instrumental)"   0:35

Personnel[edit]

Camouflage
  • Heiko Maile - vocals, programming, moorsuphon
  • Marcus Meyn
  • Oliver Kreyssig - vocals, programming
Additional personnel

Dan Lacksman, Georges Alexander Van Dam, Ingo Ito, James Herter, Jean-Michel Alexandre, Michael Moers, Simone Winter, Thomas Dorr, Caroline, Jean-Paul Dessy, Johannes Luley, Patrick Dussart de la Iglesia.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Methods of Silence – Camouflage". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "Chartverfolgung / CAMOUFLAGE / Single". musicline.de (in German). Phononet. 
  3. ^ [1] CAMOUFLAGE HISTORY: Part three 1989
  4. ^ CAMOUFLAGE HISTORY: Part three 1989
  5. ^ Methods of Silence CD

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