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Fragile Import

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Japanese release featuring new tracks and updated versions of past hits. Tracks include, 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)', 'Turn Around And Count To Ten', 'Something In My House' and 'My Heart Goes Bang'. Includes one bonus track, 'Hit And Run Lover' (Bonus Hit Remix). 13 tracks in all. 2000 release. Standard jewelcase.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hit And Run Lover
  2. Turn Around And Count To Ten
  3. Something In My House
  4. Even Better Than The Real Thing 2000
  5. I Paralyze
  6. Isn't It A Pity
  7. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  8. Just What I Always Wanted
  9. My Heart Goes Bang
  10. Lover Come Back To Me
  11. I Promised Myself
  12. Blue Christmas 2000
  13. Hit And Run Lover (Bonus Hit Remix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avex Trax Japan
  • ASIN: B000050H5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...if not unsurprising. Dead or Alive has made a habit in the last ten years of repackaging old material as new and throwing in a few new gems to make the whole thing look a little prettier. While not unheard of elsewhere in pop music, there seems to be no sign of them putting a stop to this trend, as evidenced on "Fragile," their new (or should I say *half* new?) release.
"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).
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Comprising one cover tune, four new songs and seven remixes of previously released material, Fragile is good (sometimes excellent) dance pop. The newer songs are solid, catchy, energetic, carefully produced and they will take up semi-permanent residence in your head: Hit and Run Lover feels like a ride on a merry-go-round, with a see-saw synth line threading through Pete Burns' melodramatic done-me-wrong tale. I Paralyze ups the stakes, crammed with burping, bleeping layers of gotta-dance sound. Isn't It a Pity is a much more simple affair, with Burns singing about his image over a sparse Space Invaders soundtrack. Just What I Always Wanted has some simple lyrics and an even simpler chorus (desire is pretty straightforward, after all), but it's repetitiveness will grow on you. Finally, I Promised Myself is a hefty slice of Euro-cheese so stinky it'll brings a tear to your eye: it's magnificent! (As for the remixes, each inspires all manner of reactions in those who listen to them -- you'll love 'em or you'll leave 'em -- that's what the buttons on your sound system were made for!) Buy this! You'll be drawn back to Fragile over and over again, guaranteed!
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By A Customer on October 16, 2000
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Disco+Rock+Techno+Glam = DEAD OR ALIVE!!! That's right, the boys are back with a wicked collection of >NEW< tracks as well as some killer remakes of their classics. Following in the footsteps of their amazing NUKLEOPATRA, Dead Or Alive once again prove their ability to evolve and grow in their craft, yet still manage to set the dance floor on fire!
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Dead or Alive are back!! This Japanese release has elements of brilliant electro-high energy pop music that very few groups/artists have been able to achieve successfully. Half this album does that, the other half should be back to the drawing board.
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.
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I've been a deadicated fan of DOA since '85. I purchased this album 4 days after it's release from Japan. The only remake I LOVE is "Lover Come Back To Me". I was so disappointed with the remake of "Something In My House" because it left out the #1 catchy lyric in the song: "I I IIIII". I think that one lyric is the most powerful aspect of "Something In My House". Call me picky? NOT! "I Paralyze" in my opinion, is the best song featured on the Fragile album. Did anybody notice the harmony off "Hit And Run Lover"? I recognized it from "Brand New Lover"! In a way, DOA did remake "Brand New Lover" by introducing "Hit And Run Lover"....listen to the melody and the smoothness of the song.....AWESOME! I expect DOA to come out with their follow up to Fragile very soon. Pete....hope you're feeling better now, healthwise.....you're gonna need all the energy for us die-hard Fans! LOVE, JERRY nukleopatra@safelink.net
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