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Black Light [CD]

Groove Armada Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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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: 34,792 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely flawless. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but very good 18 Feb 2010
By Daisy
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant return to form 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for "History" alone 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By 63Neil
Format:Audio CD
We where do you start, brilliant, diverse, hauntly beautiful with shades of Fleetwood Mac in Just with you Tonight, Bryan Ferry on Shameless......what a legend.....what a voice achingly cool. Fall Silent full of emotion, pain, love..........hairs on the neck moments.

I bought this album uncharacteristically having heard a couple of bars from one track whilst wandering around a music store.......its my new best friend. However its tracks such as Paper Romance and History with its hints of Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy..........that just tip the whole album into another league.

I have been an ON/OFF fan of GA for years....clearly I am seriously back ON after this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 May 2010
By Magjo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow! what a fantastic collection of diverse songs/music. So often these days you listen to an album and half-way through think "I'm sure I've just heard that" Not this one. Definitely worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but doesn't add much to previous stuff
I'm a big fan of GA but some of their tunes don't hit the mark. This album has more than most. The good tracks are decent but too many don't really do anything at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DW Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Grooving On
I like my techno shaken AND stirred, and Andy and Tom deliver again on this long awaited release. Tracks like History and the superb Saint Savior-sung I Won't Kneel are immediate... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon.co.uk man up
I luuuurve this album. I want to buy it MP3 though. How come amazon.com have it for mp3 and not amazon.co.uk? Cmon amazon.co. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rob.D
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish
Just received this today and was looking forward to listening to it as I'm quite partial to a bit of Groove Armada, however, this is nothing like what I expected it to be and not... Read more
Published 15 months ago by craftytwit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I had played this album on napster for weeks on end. When i saw it to buy at such a cheap price, i could not resist. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mike Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Put simply...
.....without a doubt one of the best albums in my entire collection, one I keep coming back to again and again as it never fails to impress me.
Published on 21 July 2012 by RL81
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing contemporary classic
amazing contemporary classic. this is as good as anything that has came out since the days of new order. i love this album and my favorite song is shameless. what a song. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by laaip
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After there first few albums I was hooked, but this album feels like they have lost their way. Hope they will be back to form soon.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Mr. N. Blower
5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, mmm...maybe. Fantastic...definitely!!!
I bought this pretty much when it came out, but with a certain amount of trepidation. After all, GA have a back catalogue almost as patchy as Basement Jaxx, but the album title &... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by H. A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise package!
I overlooked this album when it was originally released as I felt Groove Armada were long past their best. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Grantona
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