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Frente!Audio Cassette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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  • Audio Cassette (April 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000ECGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing's As Rude as the Cold January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When the world was briefly abuzz because of the cover that Frente did of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle, I found myself going out and picking up the album. I've always like New Order anyhow and I've always liked that song, and I actually liked what Frente did with it. The way it was slowed down and striped to its basics, allowing the lyrics to shine as a love song, did it more than justice. What people forgot to mention to me was that Frente had other songs on the album that were really good works and that the album itself could perhaps become one of the most addictive products I ever put into my discman. So, unaware, I found myself taking on something I still haven't put down.
The product itself starts out innocently enough, with the music combining with Angie Hart's voice in a way that is actually soothing. She has one of the most soothing sounds I've ever heard when she sings, making her sound almost approachable and yet beautiful all in the same motion. Its a cute type of sound and one that says that this person could be your friend and not a person launched into the realms of superstardom. It then combines with music that seems harmless enough, with it approaching you in an almost quaint way. Its a subtle hint that backs up Angie Hart's voice, bringing it out and working like many a functional accessory works. It makes you feel good when the song is designed to make you feel good, and it seems somber when Angie breaks out pains you can relate to. And then the songs form and the lyrics spill into song after song and, before long, it works its way into a place where you truly appreciate this album for its sound and variety of themes.
I personally like this album as a whole work and that rare when dealing with something purchased for a single.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this cd makes me smile August 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that I love this album. The songs are touching, sweet, poignant. I've had this CD for a few years and I still love it. One of my favorite (quotable) lines is from "Labour of Love" and it's "I don't know how I bent what you said to what I believed you meant." This album is great. Buy it. Give it as a gift.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it April 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
if you aren't a fan of pop in the slightest, (like myself) you can still find a whole lot of just wonderful music on this CD. it's not drippy pop ballads with generic lyrics, this stuff is sung poetry with a catchy melody and tune. if you ever have some cash lying around pick up this CD....my friend introduced me to this... and when i bought it, i fell in love with angie hart's sweet voice, and i never leave home without it. it's a CD where all of the songs vaguely meld together, but if you're just sitting admiring the beauty of the world (accidently kelly street) or lying on the grass, you might want this light, yet meaningful CD on hand...it won't make you cry, but it doesn't leave you with that bubble gum pop after taste either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cotton candy (+ a few vitamins) March 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album records a band that's attained a certain comfort level with itself, offering a sonic and lyrical take on the world which sounds like it's been reached after more than a few weekend-afternoon practices and late-night jams. They've hit equilibrium somewhere between longing and whimsy, and have tossed in a bit of the (personally) political to prevent themselves from floating away entirely. If this seems cozy, it definitely is, but it's never too cloying. And everything that's possible in this pretty-good, pretty-mellow, plain-old-pretty category reveals itself with the absolute knockout "Labour of Love." It's as pure a pop creation as you're likely to hear from the 90's, drawing from the same melancholy well as the better (but not the best) Beach Boys--an understated mix of coyness and directness which should be minor but somehow isn't. It elevates this from an album worth owning to one worth seeking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't help listening May 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I truly think this album is great. At first, i just love the song
bizarre love triangle. But after i have brought the CD, i think all the songs are great. The band -- Frente is not just a band
singing those love songs, but some of their songs, of course the lyrics of the song also, spread some meaningful message like the ignorant of those revolutionary in the song Cuscutlan, the correct attitude of being a person -- "Don't be smart, be a beginner, Don't be wrong, even when it's right" in the song Ordinary Angels, so many i can't say it all here, just get one and feel the power of the band(which, unfortunately, broken in 1998)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You get the world for your birthday, baby... May 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
An insanely overlooked album. Worth the price of admission for the acoustic cover of "bizarre love triangle" alone. Angie Hart's vocals are heart rending, and it's almost impossible to believe that it's been 13 years since this album came out. Innocent music, salve for the jaded realist (I count myself as one).

For the audiophiles out there, it's recorded well also.

Buy it while it's still in print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Zealender brings harmony December 15, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd is a very melodic and relaxing piece of work that is very good to listen to when you just need to chill out. my favorite tracks on this cd are Ordinary angels, labour of love, bizzare love triangle and kelly street. Her voice is like a songbird that has been set free and she is not afraid to spread her wings in her music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 90s band
I listened to this band growing up. It's fun, has an amazing female vocalist and guitar is the main instrument for most of the songs. Not quite folky and not quite poppy.
Published 2 months ago by wolftrees3d
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
Perfectly fine. Great condition. On time. Plays great. Look forward to hours of listening pleasure. Thank you. (three more words).
Published 10 months ago by Eric Lansberry
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite
A cd from my youth, I bought it on a whim, a do not regret it. A great alt pop band making a pleasant afternoon experience or a fun drive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emmanuel Angulo
5.0 out of 5 stars Frente Live On The Sacramento River
Summer of 1994. Angie Hart...her voice...hearing her live and up close...cruising on a paddle-wheel boat on the Sacramento River after sundown with Frente. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JackKennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Old favorite!
This album is very underrated, so many great songs that remind me of high school. I owned it once, years ago and it got lost in moves. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by linabanina
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Punchy, Pure
I don't remember why I bought this around 93 or there abouts.. Loved it (even though I was into much harder stuff)

Somewhere and somehow with girlfriend break ups I lost... Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by Matthew R. Jacks
5.0 out of 5 stars cool cd
I heard this cd first many years ago i bought it lost it then bought another one- the tunes are so catchy after the first time of listening to it you will be singing along. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Paul I. Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
If you are 25 - 35 years old and are into alternative rock then this CD is a must have. It's good for all ages don't get me wrong. Classic CD great songs front to back.
Published on May 26, 2009 by Not My Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Disk
This disk is a brilliant mixture of lyrical wordplay and lovely sounding music. The melodies are beautiful, and the mix is special, showcasing the vocal harmonies and strong... Read more
Published on February 4, 2009 by Pat Lamorgese
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, young sounds
Reminiscent of the voice of the early albums of the Sundays, the singer in Frente must positively bounce when she sings. Lovely fun music that never becomes whinny or down.
Published on May 20, 2007 by Peter W. Kalnin
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