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Electronic [Special Edition]
     

Electronic [Special Edition]

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Both more and less than what a partnership of Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr would promise, Electronic's debut has weathered time much better than might have been thought upon its release, but ultimately only half works. When it does, though, it's fantastic, sometimes shifting from okay to fantastic within the same song. Opening number "Idiot Country" is a bit like

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Both more and less than what a partnership of Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr would promise, Electronic's debut has weathered time much better than might have been thought upon its release, but ultimately only half works. When it does, though, it's fantastic, sometimes shifting from okay to fantastic within the same song. Opening number "Idiot Country" is a bit like that -- the beginning sounds a little too rushed, Marr's heavy wah-wah riff OK enough but Sumner's semi-rap/semi-sung vocals a bit ham-handed. By the time the full combination of gentle keyboards, crisp rhythms, and the gentle, reflective chorus comes to bear, though, everything feels just great. Perhaps understandably Electronic leans much more toward New Order than the Smiths -- Marr had already proven his desire to work in dance-crossover since his previous band's breakup, while Sumner's immediately recognizable, melancholic vocals call to mind New Order's rich history. With synth bass and Rolands standing in for Peter Hook's own unique way around the low end, though, Electronic stands out more on its own. Marr's guitar work throughout tends towards the subtle via soft, brisk strums or the occasional repeated key riff; as he's credited for keyboards as well, it's likely much of his work ended up creating the pleasant synth melodies. There's nothing bad per se on Electronic, merely mediocre or a touch forced time to time -- "Gangster," for instance, has a great, cinematic tension undercut by Sumner's attempt at social relevance. The three singles from the album remain the highlights: the delicate, acoustic guitar-led slow groove of "Get the Message," "Feel Every Beat" and its appropriately slamming rhythms, and, in America, the group's brilliant debut effort "Getting Away with It." Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, who memorably guested on that last number, brings bandmate Chris Lowe along to help on his excellent, sly duet with Sumner -- "Patience of a Saint," another standout. [The album was reissued in 2013 in remastered form with a second disc of bonus tracks. The twelve songs are a mix of instrumental versions ("Twisted Tenderness" and "Getting Away With It"), mixes (the Stephen Hague 7" mix of "Disappointed," a guitar/vocal mix of "Twisted Tenderness," the 12" version of "Idiot Country Two") and previously unreleased edits of album tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099990743122
catalogNumber:
9074312

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Performance Credits

Electronic   Primary Artist
Denise Johnson   Vocals
Chris Lowe   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Johnny Marr   Guitar,Keyboards
David Palmer   Guest Appearance
Helen Powell   Oboe,Guest Appearance
Neil Tennant   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bernard Sumner   Keyboards,Vocals
Donald Johnson   Percussion,Drums
David Palmer   Drums

Technical Credits

Stephen Hague   Additional Production
Chris Lowe   Composer
Johnny Marr   Composer,Programming,Producer
Owen Morris   Engineer
Andrew Robinson   Programming
Neil Tennant   Composer,Producer
Bernard Sumner   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ultimatum   Remixing,Additional Production
Todd Fath   Cover Photo

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