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Night Drive (Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition

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The ever-popular Night Drive release, now expanded to fifteen tracks. "... the transformation of Chromatics has been so effortless that it's still easy to be wowed by the results. But listeners who are only familiar with the band's forays into shambling punk will certainly be surprised by Night Drive's assured songwriting (which would wow even if the band had been chasing this narcotic Eurodisco sound for years) and how it wrings ravishment out of electro moves that should be long-drained of their charms."-Pitchfork. The lost side of the album is dark and abstract. Opening with the almost funerial "Shining Violence." Where detuned analog synths collide & struggle to hang onto a fading melody. Followed by the sleeper hit, "Circled Sun," and the Vangelis inspired reflection of life's duality in "The Gemini." Looking into a broken mirror, RUTH is more vulnerable than ever with the bare bones bass & vocal of "Bell." "Night Drive" closes with an arpeggiated musical refrain from the beginning of Side One. "Acelerator" reinterprates elements of "Night Drive's" chord progression while leaning heavily on the gear shift. As painted lines in the road begin to strobe, Chromatics propels full speed ahead into an uncertain future. Includes a lyric sheet insert.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Italians Do It Better
  • ASIN: B004F706LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justin Irving on October 10, 2011
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I don't know how this album didn't blow up. I guess it was about 3 years ahead of it's time. While the Chromatics are too sexy and gritty to be considered chill-wave you can definitely see how they saw it coming all the way from 2007.

Hands down the best cover song of 2007. The the title track is one best tracks of 2007. All and all Night Dive is easily one of the most overlooked albums of 2007.
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Didn't know the Chromatics prior to getting this album, but they're awesome. Very chill, relaxing music, although you'll have to be okay with some weird long notes and ambient sounds on a couple of tracks.
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If you're a fan of the recent "80's synth-pop" resurgence, then this album is the pinnacle. Johnny Jewel's production is masterful, mixing those synthetic sounds with a dash of disco, alt-rock, and at times even trance music (which I'm generally not a fan of, but it works well here). "I Want Your Love" really achieves that so-called "Italo-disco" vibe that Jewel was going for. Woven into the underlying synth-pop sound, there are hints of Joy Division ("Healer"), The Knife ("Mask"), and a wide variety of other influences. Radelet's vocals are often reminiscent of Debbie Harry and Kate Bush (in fact, the track "Running Up That Hill" is a cover of the latter).

The only bad thing I could possibly write about this album is that tracks "Tomorrow Is So Far Away" and "Tick Of The Clock" initially come off as unnecessarily repetitive, but after a few listens I began to pick up on the idiosyncrasies that are buried within.

Incredibly rewarding album ... well worth the $7.99 that Amazon is currently charging.
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Someone has finally worked out the formula -- this album feels like it was designed to appeal to me on every level. I have always loved low-key, melancholy electronic music, particularly when used as a soundtrack for night drives. And here we have an album with that very concept as its title! If it had come out during my wasted youth full of techno pedantry, it would have been my favourite album of all time.

It certainly comes with impeccable post-punk credentials. "Healer" sounds like a combination of Joy Division's "Isolation" (the drums) and "Autosuggestion" (the opening intonation), and there's a Kate Bush cover to complete the eighties connection. It's a phenomenal cover, too, with that New Order-ish melodic pulse and that ever so lonely synth-guitar lead. And the rueful airy female vocals sing about "you and me," and "did you hear about the deal they're making, oh." And the pulse drives steadily forward, like a lusher "Silent Shout." It is bliss, I tell you.

This is exactly what that early-2000s new-wave
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It's like Goblin meets the Cure meets disco. I fell in love with this band the second I heard this album. It puts you in a dreamy state from the beginning and keeps you there throughout the whole album. Some of the songs are perfectly cinematic. It sounds like it could have been released anywhere from the early 80s until today! The songs have a romantic flare, and some of them have a sort of Suspiria vibe. I could listen all day!
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I'm not a big music fan. But I've heard Tick of the Clock on many commercials. And I like the way that song makes me feel. So I wanted to pick up the album. Not being able to get the song via digital download and wanting to support the band, I opted to pick up the deluxe edition on CD. I am very satisfied with the artists and merchants. Thanks for great music and a great experience.
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