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Maximilian Hecker
Infinite Love Songs
Kitty-Yo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Infinite Love Songs is almost amorphous; Maximilian Hecker sands, waxes and polishes his pop, eliminating all edges. The essential hooks are still there, as are the themes of lost love and sleepless nights, yet they're backed by warm beds of synth pads and smooth, buried percussion. Hecker tops the pristine production off with a wavering falsetto that sounds as synthetically pleasing as the music; his voice molds with the music while distinctively rising above its warm, blurry quality.

The music's main downfall is its superficiality. Is it just a coincidence that Hecker used to be a former model? His quiet, detached falsetto employs a vainly pretentious European indifference. Any vocal emotion comes from various sorts of bourgeois sighs. Songs like "Green Night" and "Infinite Love Song" even include glittery, dance-floor beats that could be used as modeling music. His lyrics don't help. Lines like "The days are long and filled with pain" (from the song of the same title) and "I can't cry when it hurts me" stick out like sore thumbs, making certain parts so superficial that they're practically offensive.

Nonetheless, Hecker's music accomplishes what his mediocre poetry cannot. A number of songs are luscious feats of production, molding acoustic and artificial elements. "Over" opens with a rich acoustic guitar rhythm that sinks into a garden of warbling synths for the chorus, while "Polyester"'s entrancing opening melody changes places with a subtly pulsating imitation-organ.

Infinite Love Songs isn't just studio trickery either. Hecker dresses his hooks in lavish and fancy wear as quickly as he's able to strip a song down to a bare melody. "Today" and "Let Me Out"'s central guitar lines are enjoyable by themselves, and the delicate "Days are Long and Filled with Pane" mostly consists of a piano and vocals.

A surprising guitar outburst in "Cold Wind Blowing" channels a heavy dose of realism into Hecker's soft, insulated world. It contains the album's only edgy surprise, reminding the listener of the rest of the album's fragility in comparison. It serves as a break from Hecker's style, yet its mangled shouts manage to sound more desperate than any other song. He's more successful when sticking to the soft stuff.

Infinite Love Songs has a sense of emotional vanity, yet this isn't necessarily a bad thing, in the same way that lying down on a leather couch and eating chocolate truffles isn't necessarily a bad thing. Enjoy in moderation.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
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