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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 14 Jan 2011
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J. H. J. Theuns "chochito" (amsterdam holland) - See all my reviews
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Good album but the reissue is nothing special if you already have the original cd singles, not much extra material in this edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album and a great re-release, 27 July 2010
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dneaeade (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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First about the album : it's so much better than their first album. People always say that boybands are puppets in the hands of producers, but here, the boys have written all the songs themselves with almost no outside help, which was not the case on their previous effort Push in spite of what was written on the cover at the time.

Here the lyrics are great and the music is awesome, so much more mature and rockier than Push. Almost all the songs are good, there's only one song which is not, it's Space (the lyrics are really awful there) but all the other songs are great. There's Madly in love, the smash hit Too much of course, Chocolate box which is as good, and Money, Don't bite the hand and Life's a heartbeat who all could have been singles too.

But the best song of all according to me is Sister, that song is really beautiful, sensitive and very emotional. It is dedicated to their sister who died in a car crash accident as told in the booklet. And when Matt Goss sings and shouts "Sister, oh sister, you're on our minds" at the end of the song, it's really heart-wrenching. You can truly say he has put his guts out there. What a magical moment.

Now about the extra tracks, there are good things and bad things. The very good thing is the extended version of Too much that I've never heard before and it is really incredible. It's too bad, Cherry red didn't put the name of the remixer of this track, like they did for all the other mixes. I guess it has been remixed by the Bross themselves. I'd like to be sure because I would really love to now who mixed this marvel. I'm not often impressed by a remix but this one is really great, you never get bored, it constantly changes and surprises you. The drums are so powerful, it's obvious there's a real drummer behind them (Luke of course) and not an automated drum machine. I'm really glad to have it on CD.

Then, there is Astrologically which was the B-side of the Too much single, it's not that great, but I'm glad to finally have it. It's too bad, Cherry red didn't include the lyrics of this one, usually they include the lyrics of the bonus tracks as well, I don't know why they didn't this time. Then, there's the swing mix of Chocolate box which is awful (Shame on Justin Strauss, he who made great mixes for Depeche Mode) and the extended version of Madly in love who tries to integrate house music elements in their song, which is strange at first, but it is still enjoyable and finally the Sister single remix which is not that different from the album version but is a nice addition too.

Now about the sound, it's not that much improved because the sound of the original CD was already good, but this one, is a little bit louder nevertheless.

Finally about the booklet, it contains the lyrics of all the songs except for the bonus tracks, one or two good pictures of Matt & Luke from that time, a two-page story about this album and Bros in general and as always now with all these re-releases all the pictures of the 7 inches or cd singles and like in Eighth Wonder's re-release by Cherry red, this edition also includes in the end a complete four page discography of all the records which is a little painful to watch, because you can see there, a lot of mixes are missing here and we may never have an opportunity like that to have them all on CD ever again. A double-cd edition could have been a great idea because they wouldn't have any problem filling it.

But all in all, it's a great buy because it's one of the few very good albums of 1989 and also because the extended mix of Too much is unforgettable. If you ever liked Bros, buy it, you definitively won't regret it and if you've never like Bros in the first place, you could give it a try as well, because it might change your mind about the Goss brothers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic!, 7 Jun 2010
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T. A. M. Berg "Currahee!" (Nieuwveen, Holland) - See all my reviews
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The Time is a true classic album, one everybody should have in their music collection. Not only does it contain several hits, like "Too much" and "Madly in love", it also holds a special place in the hearts millions of fans of Bros around the globe. If you look for a good popalbum to add to your collection, this is the one to buy and I garantee you it will be one of your favourites of all time.
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