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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.
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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). I find it strange that they wouldn't also throw in "Pop Life" from the Prince "Party of the Times" tribute album Cleopatra did last year, and "Why's It So Hard?" from the "Virgin Voices" Madonna tribute on the same label. It would have added two additional "new" tracks and made for a more "fresh" experience over all, even if these songs have been sitting around elsewhere for 12 or more months.
Fans will recall a similar incident with 1991's "Fan the Flame p.1", which DOA salvaged several tunes from in order to fill in the blanks on "Nukleopatra" 5 years later. Well, at least they're stealing from themselves!
While the new material on "Fragile" seems highly similar to the "Nukleopatra" album in terms of sound and style, there are differences of note. It seems obvious that the boys are experimenting with new styles ("Isn't It a Pity" and "I Promised Myself" being the most obvious examples) and that's refreshing. But why Pete insists on including yet another "You Spin Me..." mix on this album when he claims to hate the song so much is beyond me. By now most people no longer care about it sounding "new" because everyone loves the old one anyway!
Final verdict: Not as good as "Nukleopatra," over all, but close. Consider it an E.P. with some bonus tracks which are just remixes of old hits. But somehow I don't think that's what they are going for...
Next time, let's hope for something totally new.
Pete may need a rethink on the dated image though - the image used on the South African release of "Nukleopatra" looked rather promising (really the king of the she-male race) - but all seems to have been lost! We now have a half-baked ugly "Goldie Hawn crossed with Angelica Houston" look going -not even camp glam - I wonder if Pete's wife Lynne was involved totally with this recreation ?!
For hard-core fans a must buy.