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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ministry Of Pies
  • ASIN: B002WDL52A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Look Me in the Eye Sister
2. Fall Silent
3. Just for Tonight
4. Not Forgotten
5. I Won't Kneel
6. Cards to Your Heart
7. Paper Romance
8. Warsaw
9. Shameless
10. Time & Space
11. History

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Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 2010

1Look Me In The Eye Sister4:06
2Fall Silent4:32
3Just For Tonight4:05
4Not Forgotten5:33
5I Won't Kneel4:35
6Cards To Your Heart5:33
7Paper Romance6:18
8Warsaw4:03
9Shameless4:47
10Time & Space4:52
11History4:12

BBC Review

Groove Armada emerged from the dance explosion of the early 90s to find themselves soundtracking a thousand adverts. Since the ubiquity of At the River though, they have chosen to move away from the coffee table and towards the club with tracks such as the reggae-inflected Superstylin’. Black Light, their sixth album, finds them enlarging their repertoire to relax into wider influences. In the absence of a frontman they are aging well.

With the dance genre competing with late 90s RnB for the largest phone bill for guest artists, this album is predictably a collaborative effort. Influences this time include Italo-disco, and notably The Human League on Cards to Your Heart: the sound of machines happily entertaining themselves. This album understands dance music is as much about the getting ready and the come-down as it is the club, and its slightly chaotic first half echoes the sound of home drinking, shared hairdryers and waiting mini-cabs.

However, it settles halfway through, with the band wisely presenting the best song to their most illustrious collaborator, Bryan Ferry. The perpetual lothario effortlessly inhabits the midnight ache of Shameless, sharpening his seduction across a slow electro burn. Fall Silent, featuring as it does Nick Littlemore, beautifully echoes the shining soft-rock sweep of Empire of the Sun. However, some ideas thrown at the wall to see if they stick actually crash right through. The brutal beats of Not Forgotten are reminiscent of, though less eloquent than, former contemporaries Leftfield.

Groove Armada's weaknesses remain, with some ideas failing to stretch across entire songs. Warsaw says little for the 40 songs not making the cut, although the elegant New York indie of Just for Tonight easily compensates. It’s a shame this set only finds its groove halfway through, and that in places the production feels rushed. The closing lullaby, the Bronski Beat-esque History, which features a gorgeous and preconception-busting vocal from Will Young, best demonstrates the way forward: less is more. --Tom Hocknell

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Slightam on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit this wasn't what I was expecting from a GA album. However, first listen .. a little shocked, by the second I was warming up, by the third I was absolutely loving it.

So what's it like? Well - I'd say it's 80'5 retro electronica revival, with a hint of trance. Different, fresh yet familiar all at the same time. Truly excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Slacker280272 on 7 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've loved dance music since going to my first rave back in 1989. Over the years there have been very few artists that have released albums that are either truly groundbreaking or of such high quality that not a beat, loop or sample is wasted. Even artists who I still massively respect have released albums where self indulgence or inventiveness or even a rush to complete the album itself prevent them from becoming truly timeless classics. Groove Armada are a case in point, a few classic tunes, but the rest? Meh. That is until the release of Black Light. Yes it's a departure from their usual sound, yes it borrows heavily from the 80s, but make no mistake, Black Light is an album of such accomplished musical soundscapes that I simply cannot find fault with any track on the album (put a gun to my head and Paper Romance is the biggest slice of genius, but it's a case of first amongst equals really).

This is an album of truly epic dance music and it is all credit to GA that they have managed to reinvent themselves on a completely different part of the dance music spectrum. It won't be to everyone's tastes and I can see why the die-hard GA fans might be disappointed, but change is what moves us forwards. I'd suggest playing this on the biggest, fattest stereo you can find, preferably in the blazing sunshine with a crowd of like minded (and possible slightly toasted) friends and let this flawless musical masterpiece take control. Hats off GA, you've converted me - you're in my desert island disc selection
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 18 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Many GA fans will find this a major change of direction. I disagree with Jo's review totally. The production is great, the choice of songs brilliant, I particularly like Shameless, Paper Romance and I won't kneel. It is a really innovative record from a group who have been around for over 10 years. I am loving it!!!GO to the live shows which are coming up at the beginning of March, a live set from GA is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cubik808 on 4 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Whilst I have always quite like and admired Will Young, I can safely say I am not a fan of his music. Its quite a surprise to be playing the last track of this album featuring his guest vocals repeatedly. History is an amazing track and superb reinvention of small town boy by bronski beat. Has to be a single at some point, very subtle, gentle but brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Quinn on 14 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I found Soundboy Rock a little disappointing but this is a welcome, if unexpected, return to form for the GA guys....it perfectly mixes then and now, rock and electronica, guitars and computers...it is uplifting while also giving time for reflection and sentiment.

I can't stop listening to it...I love it and I cannot wait to see them at Glastonbury this year!
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I've been a fan from the start and I'm waiting for them to go downhill like most of your favourite bands, but I cannot praise them enough for this. It takes a few listens like I find with most of their work, an 80's sound throughout with a 90's rythm and a truly innovative, modern feel. 'Cards to your heart' is a fantastic Groove Armada classic, uplifting, great piano and great song and the rest more than stands its ground. Just buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Davy on 26 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
The groove Armada have been battling it out in the high seas of electronica for years now. Their last album, soundboy rock, was proof that they now rule this genre. As a live act they just create such giddy happiness amoungst folk from all musical camps. So now with black light they are chosing to take up the fight in lets face it, the ocean of rock/pop. In short it quickly fades into mediocrity. It's the ocean's 12 of the groove armada discography, a bit of a laugh for them but a big dissapointment for those eager fans who rather boringly just want more of the same.

So i say to the armada, turn your ships around. Come back and police the recently conquered sea of electronica rather than getting swallowed up in the vastness of the ocean of rock/pop.

You know what every song reminds me of, the music they play when the credits roll at the end of a trying to be hip high school rom com. You've had your fun now get back in the studio and give us some more of that beautiful music! THanks for the memories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sexylegsjohnson on 10 Mar 2010
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If you think this album is of a similar ilk to Groove Armadas earlier ones think again. This one takes you in a whole new direction!

In this one they have been clearly influenced by some of the greats of the 80s, Roxy Music, Bronski Beat and even a touch of Fleetwood Mac. The track "Shameless" echos Roxy especially because it features the great man himself Bryan Ferry.

Another one of my favourates on this album is "History" featuring Will Young, I generally don't like his music. I don't denign his talent, it's just not my usual thing. But his haunting vocals in this track amaze me.

Like other reviews say some tracks are better than others but are well worth listening through a few times to catch you. One of particular note is "Paper Romance" which has a slow build up that leads to such a catchy chorus you be singing it all day.

To sum this album up. It's not the same old, same old. It's a breath of fresh air. Well worth a gamble for the mentioned tracks alone.
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