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Electronic

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This two-man Manchester supergroup--New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smith's Johnny Marr--made one of the best debuts of the '90s with Electronic. More New Order than Smiths, the album was a blend of plangent fretwork and frenetic sequencing, with bleak lyrics intoned in Sumner's clean, boyish tenor. "Get the Message" was orthodox '80s pop, but the heartbreaking "Gangster" was an electro-rock masterpiece. The album featured engaging cameos from the Pet Shop Boys on "Getting Away with It" and "The Patience of a Saint". --Barney Hoskyns
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W. Scheuer on April 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This review is for the 2013 2CD Remaster release of "Electronic" by Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr (aka "Electronic")

So, you're debating the purchase of the Electronic - Electronic Remastered 2CD Edition? The first question to ask yourself is what you are really shopping for? Improved original album audio? Unreleased versions of tracks? This review aims to try and help you make an informed buying decision.

Original Album - Remastered
The sound quality here is pretty solid. I can tell the whole mix has gone through the loudness machine (just like every other modern CD release that wants to compete in an iPod listener culture) and this has resulted in some (small) decrease in overall headroom. On the plus side, everything is very clean and I can tell some of the tape hiss has been diminished. If you are making a decision based on sound quality the Remaster is overall a sonic improvement but not in itself worth a re-buy at the current price point. If your intention is to put this on a portable device at anything less than original audio fidelity then any sonic gains will be negated, in my opinion. If you are actually spinning the CD (or equivalent audio quality) on a good system then you will hear a difference.

Extra Material
I'll be up front here; if you are an Electronic fan looking for a buffet of new and undiscovered material you're going to have to make due with a side salad of trinkets because most of these are leftovers. Here is my track-by-track listening analysis and opinions. I'm including the track name/number from the CD2 of the Remaster release with its [runtime] and then my nearest approximation of where the track might have come from in the Electronic back catalogue.
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This is Electronics first album. I bought it ten years ago and love it like its a day old. New Order's Bernard Sumner,the Smith's Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed togather and made a MASTERPIECE OF ART. This albums is nothing less than perfect. Every song is a smash. "Idiot Country" and "Tighten Up" shows Johnny Marr's talent in full affect. "Reality" really touched me the very first time I heard it and has Bernald's voice at its peak. "The Patience of the Saint" and "Getting Away With It" shows the magnificent coordination of the voice of Neil and Bernald as they perform togather. This album shows the progress of synth-pop and new-wave sound to a new level. There is a mixture of songs that have more electronica and others with more acoustics and guitars.
There is a varity for us all in this great album.
Also check out other albums by Electronic.."Raise the Pressure" and "Twisted Tenderness"
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Here is an album I liked immensely upon first listen and still admire today, fifteen years later. The music here is lush, symphonic, and expertly layered and programmed. The production is top-notch which gives all of the sounds an unexpected warmth and reminds me (despite the absence of background hiss) of listening to classic LPs as a child. In addition, much has to said for Johnny Marr's brilliant guitar work. Just when you think the music may be getting a bit too airy and fey, in comes Johnny, slashing through the mix with a blistering funk-rock riff or a stunning flamenco-style gallop. And as if that weren't enough, the songwriting is lovely and focuses on the timeless themes of romance, friendship, fidelity, and longing. Do yourself a favor and give this a try. I recommend this to everyone, even to those who aren't particulary partial to (wimpy?) 80's-style synth-pop. It's better than you think.
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Electronic's debut album is clearly the best record coming from New Order-related projects in the '90s. Electronic's sound is certainly based on synth pop, but there are many other influences from acid-house to guitar-rock and even classical music. In general, this album provides a brighter, more optimistic, but cooler sound than New Order's albums. Johnny Marr offers some surprisingly aggressive guitar attacks ("Idiot country", "Feel every beat"), counterpointed by songs with chiming synths and beautiful string arrangements. Highlights are "Getting away with it" and "Get the message". These two songs were also released as singles, and it's worth looking for the single-CDs, because they contain some very good remixes and even some exclusive material. All in all, this is a flawless album that stands up to New Order's best work. Highly recommended to every fan of progressive pop music!
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This album came out with much fanfare in 1990, and for good reason. The pedigree for Electronic contained some of the cream of the current British pop scene. Bernard Sumner of New Order, Johnny Marr (late of The Smiths), Anne Dudely from Art Of Noise, David Palmer from ABC and a pair of cameos from the Pet Shop Boys. For a change, the hype was worth it. Electronic's debut was a near perfect record, and it unleashed two fabulous singles in "Getting Away With It" and "Get The Message." It remains the best of the many New Order side projects.

It is easy to see what the principles brought to the table. Sumner pulled his hooky dance beats to a more pop level (like the fabulous "Gangster") with Marr adding angular yet often funky guitar (especially on "Idiot Country" and "Feel Every Beat"). The two songs co-written with Neil Tennent maintain the Pet Shop Boys' typical uber-dry wit, and would not have been out of place on a PSB CD. (The typically arch Tennent deadpans the album's finest moments, as he dismisses a suitor with the line "I'd rather watch drying paint.")

Combining the finest elements of each contributor, plus some aggressively house style rhythms, "Electronic" was one of the best albums of 1990. Just a word of warning though; subsequent attempts at recapturing "Electronic's" magic ("Twisted Tenderness" and "Raise The Pressure") utterly fail in their effort to harness lightning in other bottles.
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