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Frankman Different Divides

In 2002, you could have been forgiven for believing that every German house music producer possessed something akin to the Midas touch, so impressive was the continual barrage of releases from Kompakt, Playhouse, Trapez, et al. Andreas Greiner Jun (a.k.a. Frankman) has the dubious honor of demonstrating that, on occasion, they do ordinary, too. That's not to say Different Divides is completely undeserving of attention. Rather, it's that it instantly becomes familiar, and for all the wrong reasons: the sounds involved have graced one too many cellphone commercials and Zita's occasional vocals do little to set her apart. Hell, even the track titles-"Sunrise," "Night Drive" and, fittingly, "Gimme More"-display a lack of any real effort.

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