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"Fragile" contains several new songs which are almost all excellent and in the usual Pete Burns/DOA style of over-the-top camp mixed with vocal brutality, set to a thunderous techno pop beat. I say "several new songs" because the rest of the album is filled up by remixes of old DOA favorites, some of them at least partly re-recorded. Most of these tracks sound new and exciting (particularly "Lover Come Back To Me") while a few of them (like the uninspired remix of "Turn Around and Count 2 Ten" and the millionth remix of "You Spin Me Round," which at this point should just be retired by DOA so that it doesn't turn up on any future albums) are a snooze.
The new material is what really matters. "Isn't It a Pity," Pete's big F.O to his critics, is highly amusing and very inventive sounding compared to what DOA has done in the past. "I Paralyze" is ferocious and "Hit and Run Lover" is an instant DOA classic.
A few of the supposed "new" tracks actually aren't very new, however. "Even Better Than the Real Thing 2000" is actually identical to the version which appeared on the "I Will Follow U" tribute album to U2, released by Cleopatra Records in 1999 (a label which DOA has since abandoned, I believe).Read more ›
Put simply, the new tracks - Hit and Run Lover, I Parelyze, Isnt it a Pity, Just what I always wanted, and I Promised Myself, are absolutely fantastic. I find these tracks to be there best work since there 'Nude' album in 1989. The creativity they received in production on these tracks is indeed stupendous.
So what happened to the other half of the album you say? Well unfortunately, as Dead or Alive themselves have confessed, there new record company in Japan 'AVEX', wanted them to do some remixes of there older tracks. Largely, these tracks are flops, and don't do justice to the originals at all. Lover Come Back to Me is a highlight which almost threatens to break out into a 'Sash' style song. But other than that, things are quite grim.
What really needs to happen to 'Fragile' to make it work, is for it to be a worldwide release of all new material (although Lover Come Back could be used as a past teaser - as Spin Me Round was for the 1996 album Nukleopatra).
I can't believe how excellent the new tracks are, and it shows great promise for the future. The energy from Pete's voice is indeed mindblowing and unique, and the dance/pop music public deserve to have Dead or Alive at their creative best.
For these new tracks alone, I would recommend anyone who has liked Dead or Alive in the past to buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the album. It's nice to have this release. It's there last actual album before they broke up. Sadly it was only released in Japan & was supposed to be released in the US after... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tyler Nicholson
If your a DOA fan then this is a must have. This album was only released in japan so it's quite rare. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jill
I love it. We need Dead or Alive to keep making music. Hit and Run lover - love it! Remixes of My Heart Goes Bang and Love Come Back to me are just fantastic and fresh! Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Kevin W. Walker
I love this cd. Dead or Alive is my favorite group. Fragile is a very energitic cd. The music just bounces and the vocals are great!Published on October 9, 2008 by Gloria D. Abraham
Glorious new music mixed with some diamonds! Another great delivery from Pete and DOA.Published on May 14, 2008 by Stefan Hayes
This LP, although chocked full of filler remixes, is worth your time and $$$. "Hit And Run Lover" is worth the price of diamonds here. Read morePublished on January 29, 2006 by Stefan Hayes
I was very excited to hear about a new Dead or Alive CD coming out and when i got it...well i wasnt all that into it...BUT...this one is more of an aquired taste... Read morePublished on June 12, 2005 by C. J. Clontz
If you are a Dead or Alive fan this is worth the high price. I have had this cd in my listening rotation for 3 years and never seem to tire of it. Read morePublished on January 13, 2005 by BigJason
This is okay at best. I am really tired of great 12" mixes from the 80's re-mixed with a "new computer" and saying "oh boy, another great re-mix", my OPINION is release this with... Read morePublished on April 15, 2003 by Dean