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on 27 August 2000
There's a bit more electronica in this release than Monaco's first effort. The bassline in the first song, "I've Got a Feeling," is quite similar to Brotherhood's "Weirdo," but hey, I don't mind -- it's a great song. The last song on the album is an instrumental (a la Sedona on MfP) that's definitely drum 'n' bass. All in all, a solid second effort with some seriously catchy tunes.
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on 30 September 2000
...after all, David Potts sure sounds alot like Bernard, and with Hooky's unmistakable bass guitar, you'd be thinking you were listening to New Order! But for now with NO in the studio with a new album on the way, this'll have to do. And what a great album it is! Although not as good as "Music For Pleasure", all ten songs are catchy and infectious as ever. This is especially evident in the first three songs: "I've Got A Feeling", "A Life Apart", and "Kashmere". I have to admit that the video for "Feeling" went to the dogs!(if you've seen the video, you'll know EXACTLY what I mean! ;-)). Anyways, highly recommended like their first one!
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on 29 August 2000
No! Contrary to popular belief this is very classy, and shows that the band have improved since their debut album in 1997. I actually reckon a lot of this sounds like the Lightning Seeds, but it will obviously appeal to NewOrder fans most of all. Standout tracks are "It's A Boy", "Black Rain", and the sublime "I've Got A Feeling", but, unlike "Music For Pleasure", there aren't (m)any tracks that require skipping. Top stuff!
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on 25 August 2000
Well, this is a case of does this sound like Hooky's previous work on New Order's Brotherhood. And David Potts sounds more like Bernard Sumner than well Bernard Sumner!
But apart from that this is an album of great melodies and because like me you miss New Order, this is about as close your likely to get.
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on 28 November 2007
Far superior to anything New Order did since Republic.

You can understand why Hooky split New Order up when he can make better albums like this one without them. This record is full of great, warming pop tunes. If you've got as far as reading this then just buy it you'll not be disappointed. Much better and consistant than the first Monaco album.
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on 13 February 2003
Monaco is (or was, depending on your point of view) the side-project of New Order bassist Peter Hook and this album was released at a time when New Order were taking something of a hiatus.
That said, a lot of the songs on this album sound an awful like New Order - vocalist David Potts is dead ringer, vocally, for Bernard Sumner and Hooky's high-register bass runs are all present and correct. Still, if something ain't broke, why bother fixing it?
Basically, all the songs on the album are New Order-style pop, and none the worse for it, and the arguments that had this been released as a New Order album it'd be a lot better than 'Republic' was are bang on the money.
It's difficult to pick out a standout track, as they're all pretty good - my personal favourite is 'Seesaw' which is a disco/techno workout which reminds me of Technique-era New Order and has a seriously infectious bassline, but is let down by some hopelessly naff lyrics ('Do it on the dancefloor' ... come ON!).
The short form is: if you like New Order then I'd be pretty surprised if you didn't like this, and would make a pretty good purchase along with New Order's 'Get Ready' album.
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on 25 April 2001
If you are planning on buying this CD because you enjoyed 'Music for Pleasure' then don't! Trite lyrics and a music style that jumps all over the place from singa long to angel's voices is hard to define - but certainly not for the fans of 'What do you want from me'.
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