Front By Front Review

Kraftwerk died and went to hell. Front 242 pound out dense electronic percussion grooves layered with minimal bass lines, growled vocals, and plenty of exotic, enigmatic samples. Alienation and menace fairly ooze out of the speakers. Front By Front (this title appears only on the spine) doesn't have the consistently aggressive bass drum of "normal" dance music, but the continuous sixteenth-note ratchet and the crackling backbeat keep things moving forward: Don't believe them when they sing "We're in the doldrums". Tempos are given in the liner notes for the benefit of adventurous DJs.

Keyboard Magazine, August 1989