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This two-man Manchester supergroup--New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smith's Johnny Marr--made one of the best debuts of the '90s with Electronic. More New Order than Smiths, the album was a blend of plangent fretwork an...  more »


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All Artists: Electronic
Title: Electronic
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 5/28/1991
Release Date: 5/28/1991
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075992638722, 0077778802457, 075992638746, 724382860426

This two-man Manchester supergroup--New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smith's Johnny Marr--made one of the best debuts of the '90s with Electronic. More New Order than Smiths, the album was a blend of plangent fretwork and frenetic sequencing, with bleak lyrics intoned in Sumner's clean, boyish tenor. "Get the Message" was orthodox '80s pop, but the heartbreaking "Gangster" was an electro-rock masterpiece. The album featured engaging cameos from the Pet Shop Boys on "Getting Away with It" and "The Patience of a Saint". --Barney Hoskyns

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Combination of many talents all in one........
shervin nooshin | Helotes, TX United States | 12/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Electronics first album. I bought it ten years ago and love it like its a day old. New Order's Bernard Sumner,the Smith's Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed togather and made a MASTERPIECE OF ART. This albums is nothing less than perfect. Every song is a smash. "Idiot Country" and "Tighten Up" shows Johnny Marr's talent in full affect. "Reality" really touched me the very first time I heard it and has Bernald's voice at its peak. "The Patience of the Saint" and "Getting Away With It" shows the magnificent coordination of the voice of Neil and Bernald as they perform togather. This album shows the progress of synth-pop and new-wave sound to a new level. There is a mixture of songs that have more electronica and others with more acoustics and guitars.
There is a varity for us all in this great album.
Also check out other albums by Electronic.."Raise the Pressure" and "Twisted Tenderness""
An English Synth-Pop Summit
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 03/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album came out with much fanfare in 1990, and for good reason. The pedigree for Electronic contained some of the cream of the current British pop scene. Bernard Sumner of New Order, Johnny Marr (late of The Smiths), Anne Dudely from Art Of Noise, David Palmer from ABC and a pair of cameos from the Pet Shop Boys. For a change, the hype was worth it. Electronic's debut was a near perfect record, and it unleashed two fabulous singles in "Getting Away With It" and "Get The Message." It remains the best of the many New Order side projects.

It is easy to see what the principles brought to the table. Sumner pulled his hooky dance beats to a more pop level (like the fabulous "Gangster") with Marr adding angular yet often funky guitar (especially on "Idiot Country" and "Feel Every Beat"). The two songs co-written with Neil Tennent maintain the Pet Shop Boys' typical uber-dry wit, and would not have been out of place on a PSB CD. (The typically arch Tennent deadpans the album's finest moments, as he dismisses a suitor with the line "I'd rather watch drying paint.")

Combining the finest elements of each contributor, plus some aggressively house style rhythms, "Electronic" was one of the best albums of 1990. Just a word of warning though; subsequent attempts at recapturing "Electronic's" magic ("Twisted Tenderness" and "Raise The Pressure") utterly fail in their effort to harness lightning in other bottles."
Best Synth-Pop Album Ever!
G. Brown | 03/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here is an album I liked immensely upon first listen and still admire today, fifteen years later. The music here is lush, symphonic, and expertly layered and programmed. The production is top-notch which gives all of the sounds an unexpected warmth and reminds me (despite the absence of background hiss) of listening to classic LPs as a child. In addition, much has to said for Johnny Marr's brilliant guitar work. Just when you think the music may be getting a bit too airy and fey, in comes Johnny, slashing through the mix with a blistering funk-rock riff or a stunning flamenco-style gallop. And as if that weren't enough, the songwriting is lovely and focuses on the timeless themes of romance, friendship, fidelity, and longing. Do yourself a favor and give this a try. I recommend this to everyone, even to those who aren't particulary partial to (wimpy?) 80's-style synth-pop. It's better than you think."