"Terri Nunn still has it ! Strong vocals and an awesome band (despite the fact all band members have changed). Every live track on here rivals the sound (if not exceeds) the original studio releases from the 80's. The sound of the music is more rock/alternative than new wave/pop. There is more guitar than synthesizer.This c.d. lives up to it's live portion. My favorite tracks are Touch, The Metro, For All Tomorrow's Lies (Terri's tender and romantic side),the haunting You Don't Know,and Sex(still steamy after all these years) ! As for the last three new studio tracks, it is a shock to the system to hear Berlin using rap on Blondie's old tune Shayla. The last two tracks, Wings and XGirl are nothing more than techno filler-pop and are considerably weak despite Nunn's distinct and strong vocals...With the addition of a talented back up singer (Charlene Gibson),new band members, and an up-to-date rock sound, Sacred and Profane is worthy of all the stars; minus the last three studio tracks !"
Back with a Vengeance
Ed Gerdow | Chicago area | 04/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wonderful to see Terri Nunn and the reformed Berlin back in action! The updated versions of Berlin classics come alive with fine musicianship, an edgier more guitar driven sound, yet not sacrificing the signature techno tinged keyboard melodies. Above it all soars Terri Nunn, sounding better than ever. At times growling, at times nearly angelic. Always full of feeling! Make sure to give a good listen to the new songs "Steps" and "Turn You On" live. They fit in the set perfectly and with a sound for today being more aggressive on "Steps", and sensual on "Turn You On." The three new studio tracks, Blondie cover "Shayla", and especially "Angel's Wings" and "X-Girl" have infectious hooks, and rhythms, along with terrific performances. You'll enjoy the 2000 version of Berlin, I'm sure!"
Vital CD for any Berlin fan (casual or devoted)...
Dave | 11/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First let me tell you, the energy that resonates off this CD alone is amazing. I can't imagine what the real concert was like. Terry Nunn sings an amazing set of songs, and her performance is truly remarkable.I am not usually a fan of Live Cd's, because the songs usually sound bad or nothing like you remembered. This set of live songs are different from their origionals, but the way they are sung is really good.I was also afraid to purchase this CD when I heard that there was a lot more guitar than synthesiser. Being a big synth-pop fan, this scared me off, but luckily I gave it a shot anyway.Synth or no synth, these songs are sung beautifully and you will love your favourites sung with an energetic band and audience! In the song "No More Words", Terry interacts with the audience letting them sing part of the chorus.Personal Picks: "No More Words", "Metro" (you have got to hear this one) "Masqurade", "Tell Me Why" ... well at this rate I'll name the whole CD, but it is a stellar performance.What I would've done to be in that concert..."
A Great CD!
Stephen Byrnes | Honolulu, HI United States | 02/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was SO nice to see some new material from Berlin. The live cuts are great and lively and Terri Nunn never sounded better. The new material, some live and some recorded, ain't bad either. I really liked "Steps" and "XGirl," written with Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Gos.Its nice to see that at least one 80s band has not disappeared and is still kicking a-s!"
Terri is back
Esteban Lopez Morata | Madrid, Spain | 05/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I Buy a LOT of cd's, but, somehow, I very often end up playing this one! It's even better that expected! I love the sound of guitars and drums thoughout the album (specially on the opening track). I felt blown away when "confession time" sounded. "You don't know", "Steps"...sooo many great songs! the band sounds a lot like Garbage (Shirley Manson's band, I mean :-)) which is just great It was a huge present the new track "Shayla", being myself a long time die-hard Blondie fan. The only song missing is "like flames", the track that caught my attention towards them so many years ago Good Job! Great album! Any more surprises coming soon?"