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In addition, the band actually sings on this album. Too much lyrical yelling, found in excess on "Social Dancing", can get on one's nerves. I was especially impressed with Manda Rin's husky tones, which reminded me of Shirly Manson's voice of Garbage fame ("Two Million" sounds alot like a Garbage song as well).
One word of warning, although it doesn't really matter at all. Two of the tracks ("Black Pepper" and "Metal Box") are just minute-long filler, not real songs. But the real set of nine songs is long enough to fill out the album.
On a personal note, I believe that bis is the most unlucky band out there. They've had huge hits in Europe, but they've never been able to strike it big here in the US, despite their talent. Every release is on a different label. The artwork of this CD attests to their current meager situation. I believe that it is the duty of every bis fan to spread the word, for the sake of the band. It would be a shame if they couldn't make music anymore just because they can't afford to.
In a way, this was a pretty obvious direction for Bis to take (emotional electronica). Back in the days of "This is Teen-C Power!" they were cute, fun pop-punk. They matured into "The New Transistor Heroes" which took a much more anarchistic approach to their music. "Social Dancing" was a quick move into the elctronica scene, but definitely hung onto their rock interests. "Music For a Stranger World," although very electronic, was a bit...anchored to their old styles of playing; like they wanted to evolve, but were hanging on to their old music.
And this line brings us to "Return To Central." The band from Scotland completely throws away their past sounds and have now become complete and total electronica, but don't worry. Don't expect some annoying repetition of a blippy beeping noise pasted to some dope beats and pumping bass, although some songs do have that. Bis realize that those aforementioned bits of sound are not a real genre, so they have "appended" those to their songs. Hmm...does that make sense at all? What I'm trying to say is, their music sounds really good, and it features some good electronic sounds.
I figure I should mention my favorite songs: "What You're Afraid Of" is absolutely...astonishing. Manda-Rin almost whispers into the microphone, and the beats are very original. The overall experience of the song is glee, and I play it (and the rest of the CD) every day. "Protection." *cries* I am not sure why, but this song makes me upset, and I sometimes get teary.Read more ›
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I have been a Bis fan for many years. I was very sad that they "broke up" in 03, especially after such an awesome album like "Return To Central". Read morePublished on October 26, 2008 by DJMEC
The difference between this and Social Dancing: Social Dancing is highly offbeat pop with an inescapably cultural influence. Read morePublished on June 6, 2005 by Darrell Wong
Despite moderate critical success and subsequent backlash in the mid-nineties, Bis has lately received most of its attention for its theme to the Powerpuff Girls. Read morePublished on November 28, 2003
I have been a passionate Bis fan for a couple of years now, since I heard "New Transistor Heroes" on the recommendation/shoving of a friend. Read morePublished on June 28, 2002 by Jemiah Jefferson
Pop-punk Bis tackle the classic 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by the forerunners of pop-punk, Joy Division, and it sounds GREAT. Read morePublished on June 8, 2002 by Diana Chaikin
I bought this album after hearing "Silver Spoon" played several times on my local cable alternative music channel. Read morePublished on March 11, 2002 by Craig Larson
I can't help comparing this to another recent release -- "beautifulgarbage" by Garbage.
"Return to Central" is an album that attempts as many things as... Read more
Right off the bat; I'm a big fan of Bis. Even so I have tried to keep this review as objective as possible, so here it is. THIS ALBUM REALLY ROCKS! ahem. Read morePublished on October 26, 2001 by Martin Prehn
As a long-time bis fan I found this disc to be a huge disappointment. I've listened to this disc again and again and again hoping to 'get it' but I just don't like the new,... Read morePublished on October 17, 2001 by Johnny F. Chicago