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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Both more and less than what a partnership of Sumner and 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Both more and less than what a partnership of Sumner and 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 724382860426
  • Catalog Number: 1226786
  • Sales rank: 156,127

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Idiot Country (5:02)
  2. 2 Reality (5:39)
  3. 3 Tighten Up (4:38)
  4. 4 The Patience of a Saint (4:11)
  5. 5 Getting Away with It (5:14)
  6. 6 Gangster (5:26)
  7. 7 Soviet (2:00)
  8. 8 Get the Message (5:20)
  9. 9 Try All You Want (5:37)
  10. 10 Some Distant Memory (4:10)
  11. 11 Feel Every Beat (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Electronic Primary Artist
Denise Johnson Vocals
Chris Lowe Keyboards
Johnny Marr Guitar, Keyboards
David Palmer Drums
Helen Powell Oboe
Neil Tennant Vocals
Bernard Sumner Keyboards, Vocals
Donald Johnson Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Johnny Marr Programming, Producer
Owen Morris Engineer
Andrew Robinson Programming
Bernard Sumner Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A post-new wave classic...

    Electronic was one of the best musical collaborations to come out of the 90's. This album is still fresh and catchy a decade after its initial release, with one or two duds but several irresistible bottom-shakers that compel you to turn the volume UP! It is required listening for anyone who loves the Smiths/Pet Shop Boys/Depeche Mode sound but missed this somewhat obscure record the first time around.

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