|1. Idiot Country (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|2. Reality (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|3. Tighten Up (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|4. The Patience Of A Saint (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|5. Getting Away With It (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|6. Gangster (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|7. Soviet (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|8. Get The Message (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|9. Try All You Want (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|10. Some Distant Memory (1994 Digital Remaster)|
|11. Feel Every Beat (1994 Digital Remaster)|
Though a side project, the feeling of a supergroup was never faraway with the Pet Shop Boy's Neil Tennant dropping in on 'Getting away with it' and 'The Patience of a Saint'.
I first got my copy of this on cassette on the legendary Factory label. And I can still remember the feeling I got when I first heard it. It was one of knowing that at last the music you wanted to hear had been recorded and released, knowing that someone else out there felt the same as you! I remember many times, quite anti-socially, not going out with my friends and staying in and listening to this album again and again!
The opener, 'Idiot Country' sets the scene. Swooshing atmospherics, crunchy electro rhythms and Marr's sterling guitar work all to the fore. Sumner's lyrics were more expressive than usual too, perhaps set free from the tension in the New Order camp.
Altogether a wonderful album, there is no point saying there are any special tracks, they all come as one listening experience.
Go on, recapture the feeling of '91.
Few albums fit together so well and sound so perefectly formed as this. Listen closely and it's clear that a lot of thought and work has gone into making this record, yet part of its greatness is the tight, energetic naturalness of it all. From the first track to the last the music has a spring in its step - at first listen sounding very New Order-esque, then repeated listens bringing out Johnny Marr's guitar, all the while underpinned by a joyous buoyancy. Bernard Sumner has never sounded better, at times speaking (I hesitate to call it rapping) his verses, at times doing his more usual low-key singing thing. The lyrics, as ever, are more impressionistic than narrative. There are no bad tracks, the 2 minute instrumental 'Soviet' being the weakest, though it works well in providing a respite before the exuberance of the brilliant 'Get The Message', one of the best singles of the 90s. Every track is carefully, intricately structured without ever sounding contrived. The real genius of this album, however, lies not only in the singles but also in less immediate tracks like 'Some Distant Memory', whose utterly beautiful oboe-led coda is both one of the best moments on the album and also the perfect lead in to the upbeat finale 'Feel Every Beat'.... Read more ›
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