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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artful
  • ASIN: B00005RGCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What You're Afraid Of
2. Silver Spoon
3. Black Pepper
4. The End Starts Today
5. Protection
6. Two Million
7. Chicago
8. Metal Box
9. We're Complicated
10. Robotic
11. A Portrait From Space
12. Don't Let The Rain Come Down
13. Make It Through
14. Untitled

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
bis have always been an eclectic bunch. This however also appears to have been their downfall as each of the 3 albums vary massively in style. Return To Central has them careering off in a new direction from Social Dancing. This album features electronic and often dark songs with each creating its own 'landscape'. As opposed to their previous music this is not in-your-face punk but rather retrospective and insular. If you were a big fan of their first 2 albums you may hate this as it reflects the recent trend in 80's style electronic pop songs.
I really love this album as it is dark and interesting. The melodies are catchy but are longer and tend to build up through the song. A few tracks (e.g.'Dont let the rain') have strong anthemic choruses remiscent of bands like Army of Lovers. There is a smattering of techno style pop, 80's electronica and a little trip-hop mixed in. This should have received more interest than it did and now bis have split this record will only fade out of existence. The downsides are the not so good quality production (good for raw punk tracks but not for electronic pop), manda's weak vocals in places (although much better than previously) and the lack of a 'meaning' (you are sometimes left wondering where on earth this music came from due to the aloofness of the tracks).
The best songs tend to be the ones which feature male vocals. Stand out tracks are the obscure 'silver spoon', 'protection', the tense melancholy 'we're complicated' (reminiscent of dubstar), 'chicago' and the excellent non-emotive robotic cover of 'love will tear us apart'. This would have gained 5 stars if the sound production was much larger and the vocals were brought forward. As it stands the vocals sometimes drown in electronic beeps and whizzes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Oooozing with style and also substance which is rare for an electro album...Bis have pulled off a classic, which makes thier split seem all the more worse!
Different to the previous albums, but no less 'Bis', Return to Cental sounds almost tame compared with past efforts but repeated listening shows what an amazin album this is.
Robotic, The End Starts Today, Chicago and Silverspoon are all classics which deserved a proper release esp robotic.
For a band who have made some classic pop tunes ( Eurodisco anyone?) it just seems a shame they were never recognised for anything other than their 5 mins on TOTP, especially when they have Return To Central is a mini masterpiece. Buy it kids and enjoy...
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "davidvc" on 27 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having released a great mini-album last year in "Music for a Stranger World", Bis consulted their fanbase to ask if they preferred their techno or punk direction. Judging by this album, people went for the former - and Bis have delivered in spades. This is a brilliant collection of mature electronic pop - blending the experimental with the immediately accessible in a way that few bands even attempt, let alone manage with such style. Each song is lovingly crafted and there's always something new to hear, even after repeated listening.
From the opening "What You're Afraid Of" it's clear that Bis have grown in confidence, even from last year, without losing any of their pop sensibility. It's epic without being overpowering and full of subtle touches that keep it interesting for over seven minutes. Then comes a succession of would-be classic singles: "Silver Spoon", "The End Starts Today", "Protection" - all bursting with energy, but also with intricate musical layers and lyrics that have something to say.
Things waver a little in the central section, although "Chicago" is hard to fault once you've heard it a few times. The pace then picks up again for "Robotic" - all clinical bleeps, but I love the way it merges into the next track "A Portrait From Space", which is much slower and warmer. Together they form a kind of essay on the potential emotional impact of electronica... discuss.
As if to make the point, and saving the best till last, there's a hidden 14th track - a fantastic cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" featuring a vocoder vocal, which for me works on so many levels - and it's the icing on the cake here.
One of the best albums of the year. Is there anybody listening out there?
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Format: Audio CD
If you're one of the many people who dismissed Bis as "shouty, annoying indie-pop for kids" after hearing their first hit Kandy Pop, prepared yourself for a surprise.

This album is a million miles from that style of music - it's pure electronica, with great melodies and sounds. Sure, it's looking back to the 80s (think of Depeche Mode's most affecting tunes and you'll be in the right ball-park), but in a modern and relevant way. And some of the melodies are to die for.

It's a true lost classic, that every fan of electronic music should own. Check out amazon.co.uk's import version for sound samples if you need to be convinced further!
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