Tuxedomoons' second album Desire is one of my favourite records. Why is that? It's kind of hard to say really, because there is so much to like here. For example, I like the instrumentation. It's incredible how well they make different instruments like violin, saxophone, drum machine, synth and guitar mesh together. I like the vocals too which are mostly spoken word. And I very much like how they use delay effect on those vocals.
I like the track order. The album is kind of difficult at first, while giving occasionally some short hints that things are about to change at some point. Then there are couple of "easier" songs in the middle, and then the more experimental stuff takes over again. But now the listener is prepared to it, and it feels different than the stuff at the beginning of the album. Something has changed. What i'm trying to say here is that Desire has somekind of dramatic structure. Or at least that's how I feel, but I don't know if the bandmembers really gave a fuck about things like that.
These things that I have mentioned so far are nice, but they are still not the main thing that makes this album shine. What makes Desire really special to me is it's ability to convey or transmit this "feeling" that has no name that I can think of, and can not be articlulated or expressed in any other way than making a music album that sounds and looks exactly like Desire does. This album reaches to the unknown and gets hold of something that is there.