Silicon Pop

Europop is music for the dot.com generation.

Eiffel 65's members are all Italian; their names are Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio Lobina and Gabry Ponte. Their songs are fundamentally made up of synthesized vocals accompanied by a techno beat. They try to drive home "Europop"'s call to resist worldly deceptions and strengthen human ties at the same time. A couple of flaws here and there - but what's good is very good.

A line from the zippy hit "Blue [Da Ba Dee]" focuses on the very human need of being heard ["Everything is blue for him 'cause he ain't got nobody to listen"). "Too Much of Heaven" mourns the current obsession with money, while "Silicon World" has the singer amusingly playing the part of a superficial drone longing for "a silicon girl with silicon lips and silicon hair." And in "Now Is Forever", people are advised to put the past behind, refuse to worry about the future and embrace the present. All in all, an acceptable album.

This article was first published on 01 Mar 2000.