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Crash & Burn Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dive
  2. Cinema
  3. Broken Furniture
  4. Crash And Burn
  5. Once In A While
  6. Sex Video
  7. Sidewalking
  8. Ultraviolet / Infrared
  9. She Robot
  10. Dust And Light
  11. Ray 1 / Ray 2
  12. Smoke

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Absolute
  • ASIN: B0000A9BQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on August 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This dark album explores so many things - ideas, feelings, impressions, lusts, revulsions, private thoughts, private lusts, dangers, dangerous thoughts and obsessions. It is actually the album that that dreary luddite and "Grunge Neil Diamond", Nick Cave, can only dream of making!

I listen to this album. However you could dance to it and even make love to it. The music is modern, uncompromising, colourful, honest, organic and erotic. It is one of the most impressive albums John Foxx has ever made. It is Metamatic's dark, disturbing, cynical and sexily sardonic sister - a sister with her black hair, dark eyes, whitest skin and very red lipstick temptingly dancing in front of us. This is music which needs to be felt in several ways - the poetry of the words must be heard, the poetry of the music must be heard and the sounds must be felt. A album for the brain, emotions, body and hormones .... and subconscious ......

I have rarely heard albums as good as this in my life.

John Foxx is a living treasure. He is the Alban Berg and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina of Elektronica and Techno.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alec way on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The John Foxx of the first Ultravox! record, of the mid-1970s, and the earlier Tiger Lily recordings, is fully present here; the vocal delivery, the music/arrangements, sound and the lyrics still send chills up this spine.
He had something really unique that was let go of when the Foxxless Ultravox had such commercial success in the 1980s. Foxx, too, ventured in a different direction, until the very last glimmer of that decade when he became Nation 12, with Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass, after living in the U.S. for a time involving himself in Acid/House. Nation 12 released two 12" singles that were fantastic with the same calibre of unusual and evocative artwork that Foxx fans know well! These are nearly impossible to find but well worth experiencing once found.
Crash & Burn continues the Metamatic (1980 first Foxx solo record) feel that many of us missed during the Reagan/Thatcher decade and it is expanded upon because of his collaboration with Louis Gordon, an established artist on his own, which he's had since his mid-'90s "return." In fact Gary Numan also returned in the mid-'90s and both Foxx and Numan continue to get better, which is great!
Even though my favorite on this one is Sex Video, because of its departure from the norm, Dust And Light really stands out for me. It's got the Ultravox Systems Of Romance feel of isolation, exhilaration, (non) participation and sexuality. Ultraviolet Infrared is another that evokes some Ultravox and some Foxx solo, like The Garden and The Golden Section. But only slightly. This is all really new stuff.
A must.
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I find Crash and Burn another successful effort from the collaboration between John Foxx and Louis Gordon. While the previous album (Pleasures of Electricity) was in part more serene, lighter in tone and emotionally warmer, Crash and Burn is mostly quite aggressive, dark, relentless and sees a kind of return to the old Metamatic form (in an updated manner).

"Drive" starts off quite nicely, with some catchy synthlines, a propelling 4/4 'techno' beat and quite raw raspy vocals by Foxx with a certain grungy feel to it. It evokes the feeling of driving quite well, this time more energetic and out of control (compared to the similar-themed but much more serene and reserved "Automobile" from PLEASURES).

"Cinema" is quieter in tone, having some nice synth textures (more and more so as the song proceeds), a more lightweighted drum machine sound (not that techno stomp) and some richly inventive lyrics by John Foxx.

"Broken Furniture" starts quite foreboding at first, but then evolves into another relentless techno stomp (which seems quite a typical staple from the Foxx/Gordon collaboration). I like the lyrics again, and also the snappy synth solo in the mid and end parts.

"Crash and Burn" is one of the central tracks of the album, featuring raw dirty synths/bass (also some Metamatic-reminiscent weeping padsynth in the last verse), again that 4/4 stomping techno beat (this time a bit more subtle though), some highly-distorted harsh vocals by Foxx, and an overall sinister atmosphere of a quasi-apocalypse/warfare/destruction etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vil on August 4, 2003
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I was beginning to lose faith in the Foxx/Gordon partnership as their last three albums were starting to sound a little formulaic and "same-y" (this includes The Omnidelic Exotour where the duo revamped many of Foxx's older songs to match his new sound) but this album shows them branching out a bit more. At first, when the opener "Dive" began, I sighed in frustration. Not at all a bad song, just more of the same. "Cinema" took me by surprise with its distorted vocals and (possibly synthetic) guitar. Other songs feature distorted vocals as well and the synths are also becoming a bit more aggressive calling to mind KMFDM. The ironic "Sex Video" in particular has an interesting rhythm and some pretty industrial sounding synths. The album's one weak spot is the odd "Ray 1/Ray 2" which sounds like the Silicon Teens all growed up. Why it's on this album (or why it was even recorded for that matter) is a mystery since it's so bizarrely out of place. All in all a great effort from a godfather of the synth rock movement.
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