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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dfa
  • ASIN: B0012X44HE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. True False/Fake Real 4:310.99  Buy MP3 


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Andrew Butler emerged from making music for college-based dance projects into a fully-fledged recording artist, via the New York art scene. He hooked up with his friends from there, including Nomi, Kim Ann and Antony and Hercules & Love Affair is the result.

Antony rose to prominence when he won 2005's Mercury Music Prize and this is a major step into a new area... a disco-influenced mix of glamour and melancholy, happiness and clubbing that has sprung out of the mutual worlds of Andrew and Antony, Kim Ann and Nomi.

Nomi is a native New Yorker who met Andrew at one of Antony's performances years ago. She has performed with the likes of Debbie Harry and Cocorosie alongside longstanding recording collaborations with various NY DJs and hip hop artists. Her autobiographical debut album `Lost In Lust' has been compared to a cross between Wu-Tang Clan's RZA on beats and Sade on vocals. Here Nomi lends her voice to the seductive `You Belong'.

Brooklyn-based Kim Ann Foxman's career as acid-house DJ, jewellery designer and singer has its roots in the legendary San Francisco club scene of the early/mid-nineties. Shortly after her move to NYC, she started throwing dance music/art parties and gave Andrew his first residency that lasted 3 years. He in turn provided her with her first pair of turntables, which led her to start DJ'ing. They have been regular collaborators ever since, engaging in art activities of all sorts and seeing her become part of NYC's nightlife glitterati with a distinct vocal style. Check out 'Athene' to hear her in full swing...

Hercules & Love Affair is 2008's most exciting dancefloor concoction, an arthouse vision of pure pop by way of futuristic electronica and classic dance music, where beautiful, bruising harmonies and tensile rhythms collide in resurgent soundscapes and emotive disco workouts.

The album is co-produced by Andrew Butler with Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in the midst of Manhattan, New York City.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Whatever impressions you may have gotten from lead single 'Blind', its best to approach this album with an open mind (as with most things). Whilst Hercules & Love Affair do take their lead from disco music, the scope of the songs is much broader, embracing minimalistic techno and torch-balladry to creating a heady and eclectic tracklist. They might not always produce up-tempo, dance-floor friendly hits, but to criticise Hercules & Love Affair for such a thing would be unfair, not to mention small-minded.

If there is a fault with the album, it is in the sequencing. The penultimate tracks, 'This is My Love' and 'Raise Me Up' sound uninspired and formulaic in comparison to all that comes before, contributing to a distinct second half-lull. This a minor complaint considering that the run of tip-top tracks runs uninterrupted from opener 'Free Will' through to the sublime 'Easy'. Each song has its own stylistic flavour that should keep the restless happy. To pick two examples: 'Hercules' Theme' starts off with a slinky keyboard and grows from there into a steam-rolling behemoth as the violins, trumpets and bass begin piling on top of one another; 'Athene', on the other-hand, cruises on a bed of crisp percussion and cartwheeling keyboards with unflappable cool, finding its groove and riding it until its five minutes are up. Even after this, there's still much more to explore.

Antony Hegarty of Antony & the Johnsons fame is a soulful presence on the album and leaves an indelible mark on tracks like 'Blind' and 'Easy'(his talents are wasted on the workman-like, 'Raise Me Up'). Antony might be the star here, but the whole menagerie of musicians and singers deserve credit, and its in thanks to this fluid-line up that Hercules & Love Affair can be seen as a banner for pioneering pop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the love affair going 22 Dec 2008
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Hercules and Love Affair throw something new and inventive into the ring with their self titled debut. Pulling from several different genres they produce a unique and extremely enjoyable disco sound.

Fusing together everything from an almost blaxplotation sound in "Hercules Theme" to 90s dance influenced "You Belong" which could quite easily be Inner City. From the current era, a nod towards New Young Pony Club keeps it from being just a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The experimentation and individuality should be applauded. The producer on this album is Andrew Butler and his electro disco passion is here for all to see.

Something to note is the involvement of Antony Hegarty, winner if the Mercury Prize 2006 with Antony and the Johnsons. This is leagues apart from that heartfelt and stunningly emotional album. For such a distinctive and gentle voice it is a surprise to hear how well Hegarty and his voice fits. This for me is 100% better than his previous work. On tracks where he takes the lead vocals, like "Blind" with it's knightrider style baseline, he really stands out and it is one of the album highlights.

The album has been well structured, something Hot Chip could learn from. An excellent lead from high tempo tracks into the more mellow numbers, without it sounding disjointed.

The album does gave some fillers, "Easy" being one example, this is the only negative I can draw. Now this will be a hard act for follow when it comes to the second album.

*** Like: The Juan Maclean, Metro Area, Patrick Cowley ***
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3.0 out of 5 stars I can look outside myself 25 Mar 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I first heard of Hercules & Love Affair via a Goldfrapp remix that they did of the song "A&E." A pleasant remix, and it led me to ferret out their debut album.

Well don't expect to be blown away by Hercules & Love Affair's self titled debut. While it has some clever, striking moments, this album is mostly repetitive mellow beats, solid vocals from a much-beloved singer, and some pleasant flourishes around the edges. It's not a bad album by any means, but it's a bit too easy to daydream during many of the songs.

It opens with a thick drum being tapped, snapping fingers, and the stern command, "Don't lie to me/don't make it up," before the song melts into a tangle of twisted synth, gentle electro beats and a warm, thick layer of keyboard like drizzled honey. This is probably the high point of the whole album.

Then things slump with "Hercules' Theme," an electrofunky tune riddled with horns and electric violins -- which sounds promising until you realize that the entire tune is running on a treadmill. And that continues into the songs that follow -- breathy hip-hoppy techno, blippy dance music, delicate electronica smothered by unspeakably melodramatic singing, sparkly electropop, and finally finishing with the joyously cluttered finale "True False Fake Real."

Too bad the whole album wasn't like that last song -- colourful, unpredictable and profoundly odd. It's worth noting that "Hercules & Love Affair" is not a terrible album -- not even really a bad one, and there are some truly gorgeous moments like "Easy," a darkly twisting little number that left me craving lots more. And it's graced with plenty of jazzy secondary instrumentation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Antony amazing on the vocals
Just one great album! Great to hear Antony in a little more up-beat version. Now I have to buy more albums from Hercules.. :)
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by D. Guldbrandsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it & get off!
Its sassy for sure! Reminds me of sweaty, cigarette smoke filled clubs of the 70s/early 80s. All that hot [and bad] sex, the poppers & dancing the night away.. Buy it & get off!
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by the AC chrysalis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an album to please from start to finish, but where it's good it's...
I would give this 3.5 if i could, but i'm giving it 4 because some people reviewing it seem to be overly critical. Read more
Published on 1 April 2008 by Mr. S. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge any book by its cover, let alone a record
I'm really surprised by many reviews here mentioning the supposed disco influence on this record. To me, it's rather more paying tribute to early Vince Clarke stuff, Visage or even... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2008 by DIOONER
2.0 out of 5 stars Blind is awesome....the album is not
Basically i bought it....put it on and thought...o dear why did i buy this....even after listening to it a few times, it doesn't grow on you, the only song that saves it from... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2008 by R. Sutton
3.0 out of 5 stars 5.4 not 54
Disco is often treated like dance music's embarrassing uncle, but the disco era produced some classic tracks-such as 'Night Fever', 'I Feel Love' or 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by Peter Parker-Penn
1.0 out of 5 stars Tosh!
Don't believe the hype. This is a load of old derivative rubbish. Not even Antony's presence can save it. It's like torture in slow motion!
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by zerxan
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh no!!!!
This album has been promoted as an all out disco project. Disco is supposed to be fun, uplifting and preferably over the top. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by N. Pedersen
3.0 out of 5 stars The 1980s have returned!
Actually, I quite liked the 1980s. This album is quite good fun, and I like Anthony's voice. But the Human League all over again in 2008? No thanks....
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by Collins End Music Club
5.0 out of 5 stars ADORABLE
I adore this band. It was love at first listen for me.
Packed with ear pleasing goodness.
Antony soars with lending his voise to dance - genius. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2008 by M. M. Boyne
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