1. Give Me a Reason (03:48) 2. Velvet Heart (03:43) 3. Bist du bereit?! (03:31) 4. I Count on You (03:58) 5. Spark (Discofashion Mix) (05:57) 6. I Come Undone (04:00) 7. Spürst du's nicht?! (04:22) 8. Like Heaven (04:16) 9. Addicted to the Masses (04:19) 10. Victory of the Heart (05:06) 11. Enter the Remix-Zone (01:01) 12. Give Me a Reason (Club-Mix) (06:01) 13. Give Me a Reason (Assemblage 23 Rmx) (04:50) 14. Give Me a Reason (NamNamBulu-Mix) (04:29) 15. Give Me a Reason (Pestillanz-Mix by Massiv in Mensch) (04:40) 16. Give Me a Reason (Hecq-Reemiqs) (04:00)
'Intelligent and emotional lyrics atop effective arrangements make this album a worthy addition to any synthpop fan's CD collection.
These days, it is becomingly increasingly difficult to classify any type of electronic-based music into any one genre. More and more bands and artists are combining elements of varying styles to the point where new names have to be created, all of which ultimately become obsolete in a relatively short time. Futurepop was basically EBM combined with synthpop and trance; industrial became part of futurepop simply due to its connection to EBM. So when a band like Endanger comes along with enough heavy electro and stomping industrial beats that it could be EBM, but also with such a strong melodic and lyrical presence to ground it into synthpop, assigning a name to the style becomes quite a dilemma. Be that as it may, Endanger's Addicted to the Masses does contain some enticing melodies and some damn good lyrics.
The music of Endanger is somewhat reminiscent of other German electro acts that employ a similar formula, particularly Wolfsheim. The combination of good catchy hooks and emotional lyrics is nothing new, but it does require a certain level of intelligence to pull it off in such a way that it does not become boring; and Addicted to the Masses is very far from boring. With Rouven Walterowicz's deep vocals delivering lines like "We walk on thousand different lines / you crossed them all - left me behind / and not I don't know where to start," from "Velvet Heart," one gets the impression that these songs of emotions and relationships, though familiar, are being sung with more heart than most others who sing of such subjects. Even the album's title song gives an indictment of the unoriginality running rampant in the scene; "As a cover of a magazine / you look fantastic, that's all you mean / you tell your stories to those who think that you're someone special, but I know you ain't." The lyrics and vocals aren't the only star here. Marc Pollman's arrangements are not only densely layered, but also very concise so that no song lasts longer than is absolutely necessary. These songs do not drag on, and in the end they leave you wanting more. Also noteworthy is the presence of guitar, not in the forefront but mixed in with the electronics to provide a heavy sense of texture that emphasizes both the beats and the melodies.
Addicted to the Masses is an album of good EBM-infused electro-pop. It's perfect for the dance floor, but it holds its own as a good work of music as well. The hooks are simple but infectious; it evokes the same sort of feeling people felt when Depeche Mode first came around. Of course, with an album title similar to one of Depeche Mode's most famous works, it could be easy to accuse Endanger of being yet another rip-off band. This is far from the truth; comparisons aside, Endanger hold their own to distinguish themselves from other bands in the genre and have a sound and style all their own.'