Rework's third album, You Play, is ostensibly fronted by Hedgehog again, though she only makes a significant contribution to two tracks. "Perfect Gun" and "Dreaming Is Fun" see her reviving her ice maiden act, singing lines like "You're so nice / and I'm so mean." Both could be cryogenically frozen tracks from Rework's earlier records.
Elsewhere on the LP, it's Varga and Kubler's sleek and supple techno that dominates. The propulsive "Rise And Fall" and the streamlined title track further develop the style they hinted at on the recent Blackout EP for Items And Things. Hedgehog's voice, when it appears at all, typically consists of little more than the odd word or two processed and repeated throughout the track, such as the robotic incantation "trust me" on "Can You Trust Me?"
It's all taut and well-produced stuff—"Bouning Baby"'s rubbery bassline and the subtle crescendos of "Ask You" in particular use tension and release in a way that proves Rework are no dance floor amateurs. But fans might be disappointed with the lack of lyrics, and Rework also mostly dispensed with melodies and hooks, opting instead for tiny vocal snippets. All of this makes You Play feel like a club-friendly remix album. In turning the spotlight away from the face of the band, Rework have made an album that's difficult to pick out from a crowd.