Perversely High Tech

PERFORMER: JESUS JONES

ALBUM: PERVERSE

LABEL: FOOD/SBK/ERG

THE BOTTOM LINE: A dance-rock band switches gears, making a techno album as smart as it is danceable.

When he sings "This time the revolution will be computerized," on the song Zeroes and Ones, Mike Edwards is not kidding. Jesus Jones -- the British quintet that Edwards fronts -- has chucked the rock guitars, horns, pop-dance beats and radio-friendly hooks that two years ago helped it sell 2 million copies of its album Doubt. Instead the group has plugged its keyboards, synthesizers and drum machines into digital samplers and computers.

The result is a...

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