- Audio CD (5 Jan. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music CMG
- ASIN: B00005PJJN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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ALCAZAR Casino (2001 UK BMG label issue 15-track CD album featuring the singles Crying At The Discotheque and Sexual Guarantee glossy colour picture sleeve booklet with lyrics)
Alcazar follow that age-old Scandinavian pop tradition of having a group name beginning with a capital "A". They also abide by another Euro-pop ritual, of being unable to fill their debut album Casino with anything more than 14 (or 15 if you include the hidden bonus track) variations of their disco-inspired hit "Crying at the Discotheque". Like this excellent breakthrough track, you somehow feel that you've heard all of these catchy tunes before. Following in the style of "...He wore a tie like Richard Gere", the lyrics are suitably wacky throughout ("...Identical strains of code, Dressed up in the fashion mode" from the playful "Tears of a Clone"). Unfortunately the album flounders due to the continuous self-references (how many times can Alcazar be mentioned in the space of 55 minutes?) and having a male vocalist who sounds remarkably like radio presenter Paul Gambaccini. For quality alpha-Nordic pop try the Army of Lovers's Massive Luxury Overdose.--John Galilee
Top Customer Reviews
My favorites include 'Paradise', 'Stars Come Out At Night' and 'Breaking Free'. Classic pop songs powered by a buzzing disco back drop that provides something of a rare combination that's usually hit-or-miss, and that cover of 'Don't You Want Me' will hopefully push Alcazar into territory previously visited by Ace of Base but not yet graced by the A*Teens. If anything, people should remember their name for the sheer number of times they name-drop themselves!
This is a terrific album and the British charts could use some uplifting beats that don't hail from Ministry of Sound with the promise of never returning and is also not dismissed as being tacky assembly-line pop. Await the Bells of Alcazar!!
Probably the worse track on the album track 13 Ritmo Del Amor, not really my kind of thing songs in foreign languages but all the same its quite good if your half asleep.
My fave track has got to be Shine On at the moment, but it changes all the time.
Lets hope their second album is as good as this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
alcazar what a great band producing good old fashioned disco classics instead of all the rap music of today which is all the same ive bought all their cds now as i was impressed... Read morePublished on 26 April 2014 by paul spence
I bought this cd as i was a big fan of Crying at the Discoteque, and was let down by the rest of the cd. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2010 by xVSPx
Foot tapping tunes from Scandinavia. I think Alcazar fill a void left by the real pop bands such as Ace of Base and STEPS. Read morePublished on 25 July 2002 by Philip Roberts