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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 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 (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,960 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grantona on 29 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I overlooked this album when it was originally released as I felt Groove Armada were long past their best. Having seen them live a few years ago it was noticable how heavily they relied on tracks like Superstylin and At the River (which I personally dont like) to please crowds. The first 2 albums were interesting chill out tunes, then came Lovebox which was OK then Soundboy Rock which was an identity crisis that resulted in a cheese fest. Roll on 4 years later and the guys produce arguably their best peice of work to date - a slick high quality offering that combines their electronic sound with a mixture of pop and indie, pulling out sounds from the 70s and 80s that is totally credible. Each track has a guest vocalist combining some well known names with some lesser but it all pulls together nicely and some of the tracks are outstanding - 'Just for Tonight' is unbeatable with its retro 70s summer sound and cool vocals by Jesee Larabee who Id previously never heard of. Jesee also features in 'Look me in the eye sister' which is another cool and somewhat addictive track which you will find yourelf singing along to, also Time and Space, another classic. Will Young and Bryan Ferry lend their vocals to 2 of the other strongest tracks on the album but all of the songs are good with a couple not quite living up to the high standards set by the above. This a solid piece of work and one that I feel will be considered their best in years to come. Groove Armada also released 'White Light' shortly after this release which provides a dancier version of some of tracks on this album, giving them a new angle which is also well worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Messenger on 30 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is another occasion where I heard a song playing in my local HMV and just had to ask a staff member, "Who is this?" Sounded like Joy Division getting it on with Prefab Sprout. I wasn't sure who was enjoying it more.
It was actually the second song 'Fall Silent' from this CD album. The CD was a buy then and there. Today. When you get that feeling and buy an album like that you just know it''s going to be good. And this one is. Very.
With the beginning of each and every song, I'm thinking where on earth is this one going? It usually feels like it might well be an uncomfortable ride but I'm fascinated regardless, excited and hooked in for the duration of the journey. And what destinations you end up at! Sonic landscapes which are dark, bleak yet wonderfully uplifting. It all sounds like it might just veer off wildly and teeter off the edge into black chaos, perhaps even the 'black light' of the title.
And it's all linked by great resonant beats and bowel-shakingly deep bass synth noises. God, I love bowel-shakingly deep synth noises! If you like bowel-shakingly deep bass synth noises then you will love this album too.

The songs: (Warning: the word 'synth' will appear an unhealthy number of times.)

'Look Me In The Eye Sister': an imperative, driving beat and an air of menace that is never really softened by the lush synth sounds.

'Fall Silent': see above. Great.

'Just For Tonight': drowsy female vocal, casual strumming guitar and a bit of keyboard that just wants to do its own thing and start playing the theme from Europe's 'Final Countdown'!

'Not Forgotten': made me think a little of the Prodigy but a Prodigy sounding tormented by affairs of the heart yet joyful at the same time.
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