- Audio CD (17 July 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sport
- ASIN: B00005KFVX
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,937 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Humour. Not enough of it in electronic music, or so they say. Well, thank goodness for Programmed To Love because as it says on the sleeve notes-"They are Bent". Obvious innuendo aside, the duo are actually bent in the sense that their approach to making electronic music is seriously skewed. The two are Masters of Whimsy, building lush soundscapes from humorous dialogue, fey electronica and even a few frisky efforts like the thinly veiled metaphor for sodomy that is "Chocolate Star". As listening experiences go, the sample-based Programmed to Love is a genuine pleasure. Blankets of melody rise and fall gently over innocuous rhythms, with the odd cosmic sound thrown in for good measure. The duo allegedly locked themselves in a studio for a couple of weeks with just their equipment and a load of vodka for this album, but while some of the tracks bear an amusing, crapulous quality (such as the now classic tune "Swollen", the folkish, almost unearthly "Private Road" (featuring vocalist Zoe Johnston) and the lewd "Chocolate Star"), many of the tracks here are simply enigmatic and charming. From the acoustic chug of "Cylons In Love," the funky "Invisible Pedestrian" and the subtly sweeping feel of "I Remember Johnny", this is a very original and captivating album that posits a genuinely alternative sound to the likes of other downtempo acts like Air, Zero 7 and Royksopp.--Paul Sullivan
Top customer reviews
This is an album that has become one of my firm favourites, lookin forward to the next release "The Everlasting Blink" (February) featuring artistes from disparate areas i.e. David Essex,Captain & Tenille and Billy Jo Spears.
I am convinced that these will be two classic albums many people will have in their collection in ten years time.
If you've bought any compilation with a Bent track on, and like it, you will not regret exploring them further.
Lovely Lovely Lovely
The rest of the album is similarly dreamy and mellow and you'll love it if you're a connoisseur of chilled out sounds along the lines of Air and Zero 7.
I'm usually one of those people that reads album reviews with a fair degree of scepticism. Trust me when I tell you Programmed To Love is an absolute gem. It's one of those rare albums that keeps you captivated from start to finish, and I liked it so much it inspired me to write this.
If you like modern sounding dance, chill-out, and something well produced then you can't go wrong with this.
I think albums have a perfect time of year. This one is a Spring time album.
The first track is also a funny introduction to the album. Don't be put off by it. I laugh everytime, and theres no hiss involved whatever.