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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emi Divested
  • ASIN: B00000D9XE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. They're Here
2. Arizona
3. It's You That Leaves Me Dry
4. Never Know
5. Blue Highs
6. Inside
7. Getting Through
8. She Bleeds
9. Dog
10. The Light That Burns Twice As Bright...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Superior Colliculus on May 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
EMF's Stigma is a real overlooked gem, in my opinion, that must have completely missed it's target audience. Shubert Dip was a perfect bit of high-school music -- not too deep, great pop hooks, and just enough edge to annoy the parents. Stigma is a gigantic leap in maturity, songwriting, and complexity from Shubert Dip, and so it must have sailed high above the heads of EMF's teenage audience at the time. And, of course, those who could best appreciate it wouldn't touch an EMF album with a stick. Too bad, because this album is a real find -- no single song sticks out like "Unbelievable" did, as an instant mind-numbingly catchy hit, but you'll find yourself hitting repeat on the stereo again and again -- the quality of the songs come out after a handful of listens, until you find yourself absolutely hooked. Stigma joins the short list of 5 or 6 albums in my collection that I have worn out playing, that I could listen to exclusively for a week without tiring of it -- and Shubert Dip did not make that list, by far. It's still has that definitive EMF sound, with the same almost-snottiness from the lead singer, but at the same time is so stylistically deeper than the previous album that you wonder if they are the same band. They take the same dark, sinister tone of "Lies" from Shubert Dip and really run with it for an entire album.
It's a real shame the album didn't do better commerically, as this band really should have been rewarded for making such a fantastic leap in skill. No band that successfully graduates from teeny-bopper fluff to what I have to call more "adult" music should have been squashed like they were.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "epsonmad" on October 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sadly overlooked, this is a once immensly popular band's greatest artistic achievement. Since it wasn't as poppy as their debut, or grunge like Nirvana(who had just begun conquering the world), this album received non-existant airplay. The energy and command over the music that EMF had in Stigma is a wonder to behold. Every song is up to the best of any industrial/techno/pop-rock standard out there. It's a very moody, much darker/harder album than the bubble-gum pop debut, Schubert Dip, and the change suited the band well musically. Even now I can see how several popular late 90's bands have been influenced by EMF(even though I'm sure they'll never admit it). They're Here kicks off the album in a brilliant fashion, with a distorted vocal and seemingly out of control guitars and samples, but it all meshes together in a way few others could pull off. Then this approach continues for the next 9 songs! If you missed Stigma when it first came out(you probably did), don't miss it again if you have a chance to hear it, you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Laxson on September 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
To many, this album would fall under the category of a "sophomore slump"; to others, it was never even heard of. After their immense success with "Unbelievable," EMF just seemed to drop off the planet. This album, which strays greatly from their previous recordings' moods and messages, was just too heavy for most people to grasp.
It's a real shame that so many people have missed out on this album, because it is truly a masterpiece. From beginning to end, not a single note or pause or lyric should be altered. It ranks among the very elite group of what I call "flawless" albums.
Stigma features a vast sampling of various musical and lyrical styles and themes, yet it's so coherent and so fluid that it can only be listened to straight through at a single setting. In a sense it is a "concept album," telling the story of a man seeking meaning and God (the common thread of nearly all concept albums); but it avoids the self-indulgent monotonous or obscure tracks that so many other concept albums contain.
This album has stayed in my tape deck for weeks at a time (usually during the winter); it has served as the underscore to some pensive hours; it has whispered me to sleep; it has given me an adrenaline rush when necessary. It's just one of those universal, anytime, anywhere albums that I would recommend to fans of classic rock, jazz, pop, rap, new wave, techno, alternative, nearly all genres of music. Every tune is so intricately structured with so much going on that every listen reveals something new.
Some particular standout tunes are: She Bleeds - not quite ballad, not quite rock, it's just a tearjerker; Inside - a real rush, and a great stress reliever; and of course The Light That Burns Twice As Bright - an epic theological, sociological, emotional journey that certainly challenges Schubert Dip's Longtime.
Basically what I'm saying is BUY THIS ALBUM AND NEVER LET IT GO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "homicidal_hog" on January 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I must have bought a thousand records over the last ten years and I would definitely say this is the most underated of them all. It was a commercial disaster at the time and pretty much killed the band, but the songs live on.Nine of the ten songs are really outstanding ( the only bad one is 'Dog' i'd say ). The guitar playing is great and musically the songs are very clever, especially 'it's you' , all dramatic strings fighting with a led zeppelin style guitar line for control of the song. Brilliant !
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