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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the naysayer. This rocks!!
This is the strongest of Republica's 2 albums. This is fast poprock with ladles of attitude and a dash of trance. Saffron's no-nonsense goading lyrics cut to the quick even if some of the references are a bit dated now (red shoes, megadrive?)but this was the nineties. So, is the music dated? Not a chance. Ready to Go is still used on TV as the England international...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, pretty dire
This album has two standout tracks, both of which were singles and were quite sucessful, the infectious "Ready to Go" and the brilliantly fun "Drop Dead Gorgeous". Unfortunately the rest of the material here is just plain awful, which is a shame: if the remainder of the tracks had been of the same quality, this would have been a memorable 90's album, rather than a...
Published on 8 Jan 2005


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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the naysayer. This rocks!!, 1 July 2008
This review is from: Republica (Audio CD)
This is the strongest of Republica's 2 albums. This is fast poprock with ladles of attitude and a dash of trance. Saffron's no-nonsense goading lyrics cut to the quick even if some of the references are a bit dated now (red shoes, megadrive?)but this was the nineties. So, is the music dated? Not a chance. Ready to Go is still used on TV as the England international football theme.
This is music to listen to while bombing down a tunnel in a hot hatchback.
The next album, Speed Ballads, has shades of the brilliance of this album but if you want to catch Republica at their creative zenith then this first one is the one to get.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 22 Mar 2005
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Mr. C. D. Parker "chris1990" (Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Come on People! For 6 months in 1997 we loved this officialy wiered group. Many people still do. I myself am the creator of the unofficial website [...] - This is a good album. Unfortunally it contains a lot of their early dance music e.g. "Out of the Darkness". Stand out traks include "Ready to Go", "Bloke", "Drop Dead Gorgeous", "Picture Me" and "Holly". If you want REAL republica then get the next album up from this "Speed Ballads". That is a great album!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The good is great, the bad is mediocre, 6 Jan 2008
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K. P. Curtis (Bath, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you've heard of any of Republica's stuff and like it, this is the album to get. The sound of Ready To Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is replicated throughout with varying success - several tracks are quite bland, but there are a few outstanding ones too, such as "Holly" and "Out Of The Darkness".

If you've not heard any Republica, then think a more poppy-electonic-y version of Lush or Elastica, an older and less classy Kenickie, and similar to Garbage's Version 2.0. Of course, if you were born after 1990, none of that helps.

Anyway, well worth the few pennies for an Amazon Marketplace order.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album, one of the best in 98, 10 Feb 2001
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Republica have managed to fuse rock and pop in one brilliant album. Driving music with with pouting female vocal, it is an unusual mix but works perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Republica, 13 Aug 2009
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Brilliant album, the band are first class with their original style of music but it is the brilliant female lead singer Saffron who steals the show for me,she is so unique and her no nonsense delivery is awesome,Republica without Saffron would be like Simple Minds without the magic Jim Kerr-unthinkable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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i love listening to this album
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5.0 out of 5 stars One For The Fans!, 3 July 2014
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Live CD isn't bad! In fact, as live CDs go, the six-song performance is quite impressive.

First CD is simply the original album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Speeding for the rooftops, 1 May 2013
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Ready To Go sounds like a total No 1 hit.Its very rare anything from the 90s grabs me and there's more of the same on this first CD.Its something of a mainstay on the Vintage Channel and is the kind of thing which could have existed in previous decades.Its where Jesus Jones meets the Paris Angels and where Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues accounts for more than one songs.This is pure pop music like it used to be,nothing complicated
Its 90s Indie on a label Kylie Minogue once recorded for but she never made anything this good and probably never will
Ready To Go first charted just inside the Top 50 but a year later was reissued and made the top 20 with the follow up Drop Dead Gorgeous entering the top 10.
Republica was founded by 2 ex Flowered Ups and the voice of the band was a Nigerian born girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill, 6 April 2013
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old school memories my sons first tape that he wanted
just as good as we remembered 5 stars to republica
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2012, 22 May 2012
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I still listen to this record every once in a while and still thoroughly enjoy it.
It definitely has that mid-90's sound but in a way, it hasn't dated as much as it should have. By using electronica in their sound (which is still used today, even more so than back then) it keeps from dating this album as much as it would have had it been just guitars and keyboards.
The thing which makes this a stand-out record is Saffron's vocals. Big and brash and packed with personality. Lyrically the songs are simplistic and as someone has previously commented, name dropping things like a Megadrive does really remind you how old this record is. Despite that, it is still fun and there's plenty to hum and sing-along too and if you're a fan of bands like Garbage then you can't help but enjoy Republica.
Their next album 'Speed Ballads' has some great songs too, although they definitely went in a more pop direction and it does lack the originality this album has. I only knocked my rating down to 4 stars because some of the references have dated and also the album is quite short.
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