A collection of collaborations between Mathias Schaffhäuser
, owner of the Ware label, and a variety of other artists -- including a posthumous one, if one chooses to believe the story behind the Jan Jelinek
discovery of Ursula Bogner
-- Unequal Equality
should be more of a striking modern electronic/dance effort than it is. But rather than showcasing a variety of individual approaches, most of the songs feel of a piece, and if that's a reasonably attractive and listenable piece, it's not as remarkable as it could be. At the album's slickest, on "Confusion (Rules OK)" with Markus Güntner and "My Old Man" with Lucy
, the latter's melody a true standout, everything has a lovely if formal flow, while the opening kick on "Marathon," with And.Id
, starts another strong track well. Still, Unequal Equality
feels more like a pleasant curio than anything else, of interest to preexisting fans but unlikely to win over more listeners.