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  • Audio CD (July 6, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 6, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B00000JIQV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11. Hated Sunday
12. Wonderful Life
13. Seasons In The Sun
14. Factory Radio
15. Lord Lucan Is Missing

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This is a very interesting album.
Silk
She knows where you're hiding, and she's telling the world in dulcet tones of diabolicism!
Daly Mavorneen,
Possibly, one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Michael Holmes

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Little Old Me on June 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Black Box Recorder is a hidden treasure and their first album, "England Made Me", is by far their best work. A hauntingly shy voice, behind the low tones of a variety of instruments, make up the collection, harvesting and provoking the silly thoughts of morbid children: Life is Unfair, Kill Yourself or Get Over it ("Child Psychology").
Each song on the album, possesses its own charisma, sometimes playing on the ideas of death and decay and other times relishing is mischevious childhood fantasies. "Girl Singing In the Wreckage" is a ballad of a young woman examining her very state of being, acknowledging the sad normality of her existance and at the same time, inventing a sense of mystery about herself. The track "England Made Me", weaves a tale of a disturbing characters who admits to 'sleeping with the enemy before betraying both sides'.
For the poet in all of us, the lyrics are infactuating. For the musician in all of us, the tunes are somber and delightful. One can expect Black Box Recorder to take you from your bedroom in the attic to an enchanted pixie-garden, where the faeries read H.P. Lovecraft, steal cars and smoke cigarettes until dawn.
- Jonathan H.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In an ideal world music like this would be the mainstream whereas N'Sync would be constantly rejected as they try to get a recorddeal. Then again, in an ideal world I wouldn't be single... But I digress. What I really wanna say is that this album is unique. It's unique because it is lowkey, understated and thoroughly devoid of pathos:- & quite honestly, when a certain band actually manages to remind me that I can enjoy music which focuses on these very three traits I just have to applaud them. When I first put the album in my stereo I expected a diverse collection of styles & sounds. Instead, I was taken aback by the album's simplicity, by the fact that it doesn't take more than a really great female singer (Sarah Nixey), an undistorted electric guitar & occasional drumbeats/bellchimes to make enchanting music. Admittedly, the single "Child Psychology"'s stark message feels a little out of place within Luke Haines & John Moore's lyrical subtleties that:- Along with their melodies:- create a pensive & often eerie atmosphere as symbolically depicted by the English beach photographed in the sleeve. As most good albums this one also works best when taken in one piece as it truly sets a contemplative mood, like when you take a really long drive to the sunset but the feeling isn't romantic but rather bittersweet. Unsurprisingly, the bonus songs actually add to the album & save it from its only minus:- Brevity. That & the fact that it contains no less than three (!) coverversions ("Up Town Top Ranking" just doesn't work, sorry) but other than that it's a winner. For an acquired taste, that is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're like me, you've been waiting for a new Auteurs album for the past couple of years. Thankfully, Luke Haines he's seen to it to release a couple of side projects- this being one, and the other Baader Meinhoff. Where this is different than typical Haines musings is in its lack of big 70's guitars and hooks. Black Box recorder is lush pop. It's mostly sung by Sarah Nixey, but Haines provides harmonies and background vocals on most of the tracks. England Made Me could be the ultimate rainy day pop gem. I can't conjure up meaningful enough words to describe this album. Child psychology and the title track are the two best cuts, but nothing else disappoints. You owe it to yourself to buy this album!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angelfish on December 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of trip-freaky-pop then England band Black Box Recorder is perfect for your taste. Black Box Recorder has cough my attention with lyrics like "It's my primary instinct to protect the child GIRL SINGING IN THE WRECKAGE", I would say that BLack Box REcorder has unemotional yet haunting lyrics. Sarah's vocals are very conversative..."Some people think this song is pretentious and highbrow, but it has the best chorus written in the history of pop music," and indeed, "Life is unfair/Kill yourself or get over it", said band member Haines. I certainly think it's true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Demetrius A. Armstrong on April 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There was really nothing quite like "England Made Me" when it appeared in 1999. Black Box Recorder consists of Sarah Nixey, John Moore, and Luke Haines formerly known for his time with The Autuers. While Black Box Recorder did retain the same highly literate quality The Autuers bought to their songs, they dove deeper into the coated and subtle nuances of English life. The mix of lovely pop tunes with the ice cold pragmatism of Haines and Moore's lyrics filtered through Sarah Nixey's whispery vocals has the effect of poison....that's been sweetened. "England Made Me" could pass through the ears as a whisper in the background, or it could pull on your heart strings so heavily that it melts everything around it. As they touch on everything from childhood depression to kidnap and murder, they achieved a mix of social commentary and melodic pop accessibility that would only be bettered by their next album.

STANDOUT TRACKS: 02- ENGLAND MADE ME, 06- CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, 10- KIDNAPPING AN HEIRESS, 13- WONDERFUL LIFE, 15- FACTORY RADIO
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