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Love: and a million other things (1990/91) [VINYL]

Claudia Brucken Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000091FQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Expanded 2CD reissue of the only solo album to date from Claudia Brücken, electronic pop siren and lead singer
of Propaganda, the band NME described as the 'Duel' in ZTT Records' crown.
* Originally released in 1991, the album includes the singles 'Absolut[e]', 'Kiss Like Ether' and 'Fanatic', cowritten
with godfather of electronic music Thomas Leer, with whom Claudia formed the cult ZTT band Act in the
late 80s.
* Cherry Red's expanded reissue includes the original album plus 10 bonus tracks covering all the singles, B-sides
and remixes of the era.
* 'Love...' was produced by Pascal Gabriel who at the time was on the wave of massive success producing and cowrit
ing Bomb The Bass' Beat Dis and S'Express' Theme from S'Express. But it was this album with Claudia Brücken
that set the standard for every electronic diva that has followed in her wake all of which have been produced by
Pascal Gabriel
Goldfrapp, Kylie, Dido, Little Boots, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ladyhawke.
* Other artists featured on the album include Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Steve Jansen (Japan), John Uriel
(ABC, Thomas Lang), Steve Nye (Penguin Cafe Orchestra), and singers Claudia Fontaine and Carol Kenyon.
* Three tracks are released on CD for the first time, including Pascal Gabriel's promo-only 12" Bastille Mix of
'Absolut [e]' and the Earth Mood Magic in a Present Tense 12" mix of 'Kiss Like Ether' by John Waddell, whose remix
credits range from Kylie to De La Soul.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early 90s classic seeing the light of day again 24 Sep 2010
By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Those who had been in thrall to Propaganda's "Secret Wish" album were eager to see what Claudia Brucken did following the brief flourish of Act in 1988. The answer was this classy album that married Claudia's clear, classy and unique voice to some dark, danceable pop, courtesy of producers Pascal Gabriel and Steve Nye.

The music is pitched somewhere between the brooding electronics of Electribe 101, the teutonic detachment of Propaganda and the tight dance-pop of Vogue-era Madonna (not likely to be a popular comparison, I know, but I'm thinking more of the arrangements and production than Claudia's vocals). Where other artists have mined the tension between a highly emotional soul/blues-influenced female vocal and cold electronica (e.g. Yazoo, Eurythmics, the aforementioned Electribe 101), this album subverts the genre by marrying Claudia Brucken's almost icy vocal style with slick, programmed backings but emotional and confessional lyrics.

The project was a commercial flop on its release in 1991, possibly due to the choice of lead-off single, "Absolut(e)". Far from the strongest song here, I can only think that someone pictured a club full of frugging young persons, who would subsequently rush out and buy the song the next day; it's certainly not a fair representation of the rest of the album. Follow-up single "Kiss Like Ether" was massively better, but by that stage Island Records seem to have gone off the boil and, anyway, there was probably a new U2 album to level the balance sheet.

Overall it's a strong album and has dated well (at the time I recall it sounded overly 'bassy' and a bit muffled compared to the production sparkle of "A Secret Wish", but it sounds fresh 19 years on).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album You Never Heard... 29 Jan 2011
By djessie
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard anything from this singer (or so I thought) when I bought a used copy of the original release of this album last summer. I bought it on a hunch, and boy was I not sorry! Even though it is 20 years old, this album has stood the test of time - an amazing feat for a dance based record from the early 90s. The album still manages to sound fresh and different. Every track is fantastic, although for me the standouts are the single "Kiss Like Eather", "Moments Of Joy" and the stunning "Surprise". You can literally hear the influences this album has had on a lot of albums that were to follow from other female artists.

After buying this album, I found out that I had heard her in Propaganda (I vagely remembered "Duel") and on the first solo album from Andy Bell. I have since bought the fantastic re-release of the Propaganda album, the original singles of "Absolut(E)" and "Kiss Like Ether" - and of course the re-release of this album! It is a most welcomed release - the sound it better, the bonus CD is a great thing to have and the booklet has some additional pictures and new liner notes (which include fascinating insights into the recording of "Surprise"). The back cover is different to the original release - my only complaint is the front cover, which looks like a bad (way too dark) copy of the original cover.

Next month will see the release of the first ever compilation from Claudia. The first single from it, "Thank You" is a fabulous proof that Ms Brucken has not forgotten anything. A great song, fantastic vocals - one can only hope that this compilation will be the start of more to come. Until then, "Love: And A Million Other Things" remains her only solo album to date. I urge everyone to check it out - because it truly might be the best album you never heard. Thank you Claudia!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Under the Shadow of Dr Mabuse 5 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Claudia Brucken, lead singer of Propaganda and subsequently Act, had an impossible task making an album that would live up to the massive success of her former ZTT debut with Propaganda's 'A Secret Wish'. I remember being a bit underwhelmed when I first heard the lead single, Absolut(e), but I was not a big fan of the early '90s dance music, 2D when the mid-80s stuff had been so 3D. When she was recording the album, I read a brief interview, perhaps in Melody Maker (?) in which she stated her intention to name all the tracks with one word titles, but somewhere during the process she must have changed her mind, I thought, on the release of the second single, Kiss Like Ether; much better than Absolut(e), reminiscent of Duel, and just as good a pop song. The album was a bit disappointing at the time, just not as dramatic as I was expecting, and reviews were not enthusiastic either, causing this record to sink without trace. But as the years passed, I found myself listening to this album a lot, and I now appreciate the wonderfully spacious and smooth production, the surreal influence on the songwriting, and the very catchy pop hooks. Love: and a Million Other Things has definitely improved with age (as has Act's Laughter, Tears and Rage). I love that the reissue Cherry Red looks like it has put together includes a few mixes from the vaults that weren't available on the CD singles at the time, and I am about as excited about this release as I was when I saw Cherry Red were reissuing Helen Terry's Blue Notes album. I suspect nostalgia has something to do with my joy at these releases, but I would warmly recommend this album to anyone - it is unique and full of excellent songs - it just needed that one killer classic to elevate it to the iconic status of A Secret Wish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favourite Albums from the whole British Popular Music 1990's...
Claudia Bracken's 'Love: And A Million Other Things' is one of my favourite studio albums from that whole 1990's popular music period. Read more
Published 16 days ago by R. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda it isn't but still great...
A great mix of eighties dance / neu romantic tracks, A pity there wasn't more promotion for this at the time as it is a great underrated release. Kiss LIke Ether still stands out.
Published 15 months ago by David Renfrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that should have sold A Million Other Things...
And would have done, were the music business a bastion of fairness and equality, but sadly, though music was at its best in the 80s, a virtual brick wall of old standing kept women... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ScottPaul ScottPaul
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Apart from the "hit" Kiss Like Ether, this doleful foray into 90s electropop shoegazing struggles along at a pitiful pace. Read more
Published 18 months ago by phatboi
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong album, but get the remaster (not the original CD)
Strong pop outing which showcased Claudia's vocals beautifully, but also alienated some of her early fans. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by M. B. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars an old love
Being an old Propaganda fan of the early ZTT days I hated the second Propaganda album. Since it's release I've searched for this solo-album by Claudia Brücken. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by M. Brasse
5.0 out of 5 stars xero(x) art direction
I agree totally with the other reviewers how wonderful it is to have this album out again with all the b-sides and remixes while we wait for Claudia's next moves... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2010 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars SEVERAL KEYS TO WHY THIS IS GREAT!!!
The producers with whom she worked including Pascal Gabriel and more importantly Steve Nye (who worked both with Japan and David Sylvian). Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by Digital Delay Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Style and substance without the trash
The enduring mystery is why Claudia Brucken has not had as strong a following as other more trashy pop divas. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2003 by Paul T Horgan
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