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4.2 out of 5 stars
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Love: And A Million Other Things
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on 29 January 2011
I had never heard anything from this singer (or so I thought) when I bought a used copy of the original release of this album last summer. I bought it on a hunch, and boy was I not sorry! Even though it is 20 years old, this album has stood the test of time - an amazing feat for a dance based record from the early 90s. The album still manages to sound fresh and different. Every track is fantastic, although for me the standouts are the single "Kiss Like Eather", "Moments Of Joy" and the stunning "Surprise". You can literally hear the influences this album has had on a lot of albums that were to follow from other female artists.

After buying this album, I found out that I had heard her in Propaganda (I vagely remembered "Duel") and on the first solo album from Andy Bell. I have since bought the fantastic re-release of the Propaganda album, the original singles of "Absolut(E)" and "Kiss Like Ether" - and of course the re-release of this album! It is a most welcomed release - the sound it better, the bonus CD is a great thing to have and the booklet has some additional pictures and new liner notes (which include fascinating insights into the recording of "Surprise"). The back cover is different to the original release - my only complaint is the front cover, which looks like a bad (way too dark) copy of the original cover.

Next month will see the release of the first ever compilation from Claudia. The first single from it, "Thank You" is a fabulous proof that Ms Brucken has not forgotten anything. A great song, fantastic vocals - one can only hope that this compilation will be the start of more to come. Until then, "Love: And A Million Other Things" remains her only solo album to date. I urge everyone to check it out - because it truly might be the best album you never heard. Thank you Claudia!
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on 24 June 2014
Claudia Bracken's 'Love: And A Million Other Things' is one of my favourite studio albums from that whole 1990's popular music period.
All the songs are of the highest vales of song- craft and studio production.
As far as etherealness in popular music goes, on this album; Claudia Bracken gives Kate Bush a run for her money. There is a uniqueness to Claudia Brucken in her creativity that no other female popular singer has.
Pascal Gabriel's production on this album is some of the best ambient dance production that I have ever heard on a studio album release.
BUY, BUY,BUY TODAY!
You will not (for a second) be disappointed.
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VINE VOICEon 29 December 2003
The enduring mystery is why Claudia Brucken has not had as strong a following as other more trashy pop divas. Claudia, the lead singer for Propaganda's first album 'A Secret Wish' left the band to pursue a solo career. Her music remained the same: High quality, excellent production, stylish to the extreme. Here was grown-up music standing out from the pop tosh. However it was never marketed. Claudia played one gig at Subterranea and that was it. If you are a collector of 1980s music, when production values and sheer quality mattered more than mass marketing this is for you. Claudia was always aloof from the burlesque element of pop as emphasized by Madonna, Kylie and the rest who have made the music business an offshoot of the soft porn industry. Perhaps that is why she did not make it big. Why this album has not been re-released on CD is also a complete mystery.
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VINE VOICEon 22 July 2008
The enduring mystery is why Claudia Brucken has not had as strong a following as other more trashy pop divas. Claudia, the lead singer for Propaganda's first album 'A Secret Wish' left the band to pursue a solo career. Her music remained the same: High quality, excellent production, stylish to the extreme. Here was grown-up music standing out from the pop tosh. However it was never marketed. Claudia played one gig at Subterranea and that was it. If you are a collector of 1980s music, when production values and sheer quality mattered more than mass marketing this is for you. Claudia was always aloof from the burlesque element of pop as emphasized by Madonna, Kylie and the rest who have made the music business an offshoot of the soft porn industry. Perhaps that is why she did not make it big.
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on 28 September 2010
I agree totally with the other reviewers how wonderful it is to have this album out again with all the b-sides and remixes while we wait for Claudia's next moves...

I won't comment on the music, we all know and love it, but while the booklet has a nice addition, and a couple of arty photos from The Douglas Bros. i just cannot understand why this classic and classy album is being released in a sleeve that looks like a dark bad photo copy of the original cover!?

5 Stars for the music, but shoot the art director, please!
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on 5 January 2013
Apart from the "hit" Kiss Like Ether, this doleful foray into 90s electropop shoegazing struggles along at a pitiful pace. Most of the songs sound so similar that I could have just bought the Kiss Like Ether CD Single and pressed repeat.
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on 5 August 2010
Claudia Brucken, lead singer of Propaganda and subsequently Act, had an impossible task making an album that would live up to the massive success of her former ZTT debut with Propaganda's 'A Secret Wish'. I remember being a bit underwhelmed when I first heard the lead single, Absolut(e), but I was not a big fan of the early '90s dance music, 2D when the mid-80s stuff had been so 3D. When she was recording the album, I read a brief interview, perhaps in Melody Maker (?) in which she stated her intention to name all the tracks with one word titles, but somewhere during the process she must have changed her mind, I thought, on the release of the second single, Kiss Like Ether; much better than Absolut(e), reminiscent of Duel, and just as good a pop song. The album was a bit disappointing at the time, just not as dramatic as I was expecting, and reviews were not enthusiastic either, causing this record to sink without trace. But as the years passed, I found myself listening to this album a lot, and I now appreciate the wonderfully spacious and smooth production, the surreal influence on the songwriting, and the very catchy pop hooks. Love: and a Million Other Things has definitely improved with age (as has Act's Laughter, Tears and Rage). I love that the reissue Cherry Red looks like it has put together includes a few mixes from the vaults that weren't available on the CD singles at the time, and I am about as excited about this release as I was when I saw Cherry Red were reissuing Helen Terry's Blue Notes album. I suspect nostalgia has something to do with my joy at these releases, but I would warmly recommend this album to anyone - it is unique and full of excellent songs - it just needed that one killer classic to elevate it to the iconic status of A Secret Wish.
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