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Don't Be Afraid V 1 3

Information SocietyAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Information Society is a musical collective which has been recording and performing for over twenty years. The group was originally formed in the summer of 1982 by Paul Robb and Kurt Larson and later joined by James Cassidy. A tip from Husker Du member Grant Hart led to numerous shows in the Minneapolis area, and a growing local following, but it wasn’t until the release of ... Read more in Amazon's Information Society Store

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dancing Ferret Discs
  • ASIN: B0017ILO8G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Information Society has a long history as one of electronic music's most daring and groundbreaking acts. During a period in the late 1990s, the trio took a break to pursue individual projects. Lead singer Kurt Harland wrote an entire album of new material

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS a MASTERPIECE... April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
...but beware - if youre just willing to listen to it one time - forget it. We all know those songs creeping into your ears slowly makeing you fancy them more and more. This album is filled with such tunes. When I bought it - i hated it - i wanted some more standard Insoc stuff, the sound i was used. But after listening to it again and again i started to find it ... interesting. Few times later i liked it. I read all about the album, about the work and efforts the remaining and sole insoc member kurt invested in it. I liked the freaky storeis about songs beein recorded in the car and so on. After about 50 times of full rotation this album became one of my most beloved discs. I bought the german edit with another cover, the brazilian where the web track was included and some remixes. But i liked the US edition the most - containing those wacky sounds in between the tracks - gosh - what energy is included there. It sounds liek the last fight of a sinking ship stayin above the sealevel - i dunno the english word for that but you can feel the energy, the creativity and the one-man-show-power kurt put in here. Its dark and sometimes depressing, its strange and chaotic sometimes, the audio quality lacks sometimes which was made as effect not by mistake - and it all works perfectly together. Did I read someone said this is by far the most underrated industrial disc for long - i agree. I never heard anything like this - its like the blue Mauritius stamp - you wont meet another cd like this.

So - if youre willing to listen, spending some time on all that - this cd may become a true friend for life. And hey - there are few discs one cann really state that. Did I say I love it :o)?

Sorry for my bad english - hope i could make my point somehow clear. Thanks for staying with me till here! :o)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated Industrial album of all time. March 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Information Society is the phrase "Pure Energy". This Minneapolis based electro-club-pop group hit the New York City club scene in 1985 with their single "Running". This eventually led to a wider distribution and radio play in 1986 as a remix single under the Tommy Boy label. Two years later, their first album included their most memorable and popular #3 chart single, "Whats On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" The band released two follow up albums, multiple radio and club singles and eventually split up in 1993.

Here is the most interesting and least known facts about Information Society: frontman Kurt Larson/Valequen/Harland was and still is a huge fan of Industrial Music. On touring with Club MTV Kurt says,"At the time I was listening to Front 242 and Foetus and Front Line Assembly, and I was posing for pictures with Paula Abdul and getting into tiffs with Milli Vanilli. The surreal factor was maxing my instrumetation. Or something."

The breakup of Information Society included Kurt buying out the other bands members' shares of Information Society so the next logical progression was for Kurt to release an album like he had wanted to for so long. An Industrial album

4 years worth of demo's, small jobs making video game music and a truckload of record label BS finally saw the release of Kurt's new vision for InSoc (a new abbreviated monicker for the band) on the Cleopatra label.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered version of original album with two new songs September 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This re-release of Information Society's 1997 album has been entirely re-mastered, and more importantly, has two new songs on it. "White Roses" was previously only available to those who had the patience to go on a long and torturous treasure hunt using obscure clues embedded in the album itself. Now with this version of the album, you get it without any effort. The new song, "Kebabträume" is a cover of an old DAF song, and was recorded recently, in 2007.
The re-mastering might not make a difference to casual listeners, but to anyone who's spent a fair amount of time with this album, it's a big improvement. The songs feel more alive and aren't all squashed in the mid-range like they were on the original.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice change, but no follow-up??? January 27, 2004
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So Information Society ended up after their third Tommy Boy album in the early 1990s with the same personality problems and record company blues that most New Wave bands found themselves dealing with. After a hiatus of five years, Kurt resurrected the Insoc name with a new album, 1997's darkwave "Don't Be Afraid". On this album are a few very, very strong songs rounded out by some that seem, well, a bit like filler.
The first track, "Empty", is a great introduction to the new InSoc sound. Within a perfect meld of 1990s darkwave and InSoc's very recognizable synth sequences, Kurt's voice sounds familiar but with much more intensity and emotion than we had last heard on "Peace And Love, Inc".
In my opinion, the 2nd track, "Closing In", is the best InSoc song that I have heard. The epic song has a *gulp* nearly 3-minute intro that morphs itself into one of the best "Metropolis Records"-style goth-industrial-dance tunes that I've ever heard. The darkness of the industrial atmosphere combined with an eerily-catchy minor-chord variation on InSoc's successful late-80s formula make this the stand-out track. This, especially in combination with "Empty", make the album worth the price.
The following 4 songs are a bit of filler, as well as the ending tracks, though "Ending World" has a great vocal line.
Remaining is Kurt's rendition of Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?", which I think blows away any other cover that I've heard of the same song. It's interesting to note that I hear inferior covers of this song on Numan tribute albums and have never seen the InSoc version on any of them. If InSoc had still been on a big label, this would've most assuredly been a successful single.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One the most important albums in my collection.
In 1997 I was already a fan of Information Society in its previous incarnation as a trio, they were among my favorite bands, but this album - for which Kurt Harland Larson took up... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rob T Firefly
5.0 out of 5 stars InfoSoc Remixes
I have enjoyed Information Society for a long time. This is a remix album which includes reworking of some of their more recognized tunes. It is a very good listen in my opinion.
Published 10 months ago by Michael A. Schumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Most essential album ever...
I first heard this album the year it came out, with my friend in her car. I immediately borrowed it for a few hours, despite it belonging to her boyfriend, and taped a copy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cheshire Dreams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
I liked most of the songs on the album, but maybe two were boring. Great for car trips. There is a good remake of "Are Friends Electric?"
Published 22 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars "24 metric tons" of Artistic Greatness
I have no experience with the 1997 version - I had no idea that this album existed until 2009 - so all of my judgments are based on the remaster and the remaster alone. Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by Express Lizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisp remix, stellar album art, shabby proofreading
The remastered tracks on this disk are crisp, clean, and beautiful, with the exception of the slightly maddening skip towards the third minute of Empty 3.0. Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by Pi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Remix, Bad Bonus Track...
The remix on this album is great, the whole album sounds much better and the inclusion of the mysterious "White Roses" is great.

But the new song "Kebabträume 1. Read more
Published on September 20, 2008 by Christopher VeRn Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated Album
My first experience with this album is when I downloaded the song "White Roses" is late 2000/early 2001. Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by Rowdy Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Although it is hard to improve on excellence....
The re-master of this album is awesome!!
Everything sounds so much more vibrant.
Although this album continues to be INSOC's darkest, the trip deep into the recesses of... Read more
Published on June 8, 2008 by Christopher VeRn Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars HI FIVE!!!!!!!
I give this cd a 5. I really liked it, but I liked it not as an information society release, but as a solo project. Read more
Published on September 17, 2007 by Not so bubblegum
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