Sounds like … the electronic pop and techno of bands like Depeche Mode, Newsboys, The Echoing Green, New Order, Erasure, and at times, a lighter sounding Nine Inch Nails.

At a glance … after a nine-year hiatus, Code of Ethics successfully returns with some more electronic pop of Lost in Egypt, though the production quality is a little indie-sounding compared to the "band's" best albums.

After spending eight years away from the limelight to focus on worship leading and recuperation from a motorcycle accident, Code of Ethics brainchild Barry Blaze returned to Christian music in 2007 with his worshipful solo album Patiently Waiting. Now he's back to Code of Ethics … which nowadays for him is like releasing another solo album. Apparently, it's the dance/electronic component that differentiates Blaze as Code of Ethics from Blaze the solo artist, even though Code of Ethics went through a short-lived rock band phase that resembles Blaze's solo project.

Semantics and confusion aside, Lost in Egypt is in step with the electronic-pop that fans remember from Code of Ethics' 1993 self-titled release and 1995's Arms Around the World. The only thing missing is the top-notch production of collaborator Tedd T. (Mute Math, Rebecca St. James). Since this one is self-produced and independently recorded by Blaze, it has a more homespun indie quality to the sound—not bad, but not quite up to Code (pardon the pun).

Nevertheless, it's fun to hear Blaze back in his element, especially since electronica is something of a rarity in Christian music today. The single "Smile" offers simple dance-pop about the encouraging power of music and melody. There's an electronic reworking of Blaze's worship song "Beautiful Lamb," and ...

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Lost in Egypt
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February 10, 2009
Go Global Records
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