Exit kickstarts with muffled gong noises into the very beautiful track, called Kiew Mission - according to Edgar Froese, the most explicite political song they've ever done.
A female sensually recites, in sotto voce, the message of world peace and nuclear disarmament. Very convincing, although the lyric is in Russian, the mentioning of the continents, gives a great effect. Ultimately, a simplistic, yet universally understandable message.
The sad melody, ends any discussion about naïve pacifism, and illustrates their serious intentions perfectly. In addition to this, Exit records were freely handed out by the thousand to Russian inhabitants.
In my picky taste, Pilots of Purple Twilight is a litte montoneous, and will for me never stand out as anythin epoch-making. Edgar Froese, on the other hand, has called it one of his favourite tracks, from the Virgin era (1974-1983).
Choronzon is groovy synthpop, with a quite happy melody, and the infectious drum beat is heavily reverbed in the middle section. The happiness differs from the rest of the album, which is permeated by depression.
The best versions of Choronzon are found on the many Tree recordings from 1980-81, and they are much longer.
Exit is a bleak track, with a spectacular and tormented synthline, present throughout the entire track. To emphasize the mood of depression, the track ends with rain and thunder. Fabulous!
Network 23 is fierce synthpop with some very aggresive beats after 1½ minute. The production is perfect, and during the middle part, I keep hearing my phone ringing, but it's only a synthesizer. The track ends with the coolest, almost stadiumrocking chord progression, the band has done to this date.
Exit ends after only 36 minutes, with the most anonymous track, Remote Viewing - a track I really have no relationsship to. I think it leads to nowhere. Therefore this track together with Pilots of Purple Twiligt drags the rating of this, almost perfect album to a 9/10.