Twisted Tendernessby Electronic
When the duo of New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smiths' Johnny Marr made their first album a decade ago, Electronic seemed like a one-off project. Twisted Tenderness, originally released in Britain in 1999, is their third album and -- here's the surprising part -- far and away their best. Sumner's reunion with early New Order producer Arthur Baker turns out to be a great move, and Marr's guitar playing hasn't been this inventive and muscular since "How Soon Is Now?" Given Sumner's big-beat experiments and Baker's dance-music résumé, it's curious that they've made such a rampaging guitar-rock record, but it's produced like great disco: Its songs leap out of the speakers, riding grooves driven by Marr's sure-handed strum for five or six or seven minutes at a time. And legendarily casual lyricist Sumner has made a breakthrough in craft and openness -- these are his most emotionally raw lyrics ever (an almost unrecognizable cover of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" is the album's conceptual centerpiece), and he sings them with a graceful conviction that's new to him. Wonderful.
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- Koch Records
Performance CreditsElectronic Primary Artist
Johnny Marr Bass
Mac Quayle Keyboards
Phil Spalding Bass
Bernard Sumner Bass,Vocals
Merv De Peyer Keyboards
Ged Lynch Percussion,Drums
Jimmi Goodwin Bass,Background Vocals
Astrid Williamson Background Vocals
Technical CreditsArthur Baker Producer
Darren Allison Engineer
Mac Quayle Programming
Merv De Peyer Programming
Fridge Sound Effects,beats
James Spencer Engineer
George DelGiorno Redesign
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It's taken over two years for Twisted Tenderness to come to America, but it's finally here. This 2-disk set collects the album and the remixes and b-sides spawned by it. It's a great value. It took me at least $50 to accumulate these tracks when they were released individually. TT is rockier and less electronic than Electronic's other two great albums, but it's still good.
Finally, record executives have decided to release this terrific CD stateside! If you were a bit disappointed in Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr's sophomore effort 'Raise the Pressure', then you were not alone. Don't, however, let that influence you when considering the purchase of 'Twisted Tenderness'. This is, without a doubt, Electronic's best effort and should easily rank as one of the top 10 CD's of the year. Bernard Sumner cooly works through a set of lyrics that harkens back to the days of New Order and Johnny Marr has finally re-captured the guitar work that made The Smiths one of the greatest bands of the 80's. Almost identical to the import version (the stateside version includes two additional tracks), 'Twisted Tenderness' is upbeat and edgy from start to finish. If there is a low-point on the CD, it might be the remake of Blind Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Home'. It is a bit unusual but, by no means, does it detract from the rest of this incredible collection of new songs. If you were patient enough to wait for the release of 'Twisted Tenderness' in the U.S., you must add this to your collection.