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Album Review

Electronic began as a side project for New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smiths' Johnny Marr, dabbling in the sort of '80s synth-pop pioneered by the former's band. Raise the Pressure is not so firmly planted in that genre — there's still a good deal of retro electronica, but Marr brings in more guitar work, making the album more of a straight-ahead pop affair. Some of the songs are Brit-pop at its finest ("Forbidden City," "For You,"), and others hint at New Order's oeuvre (&"Dark Angel") — some engage in a more danceable pop style reminiscent of the Pet Shop Boys. Solid writing and a few new tricks keep it from becoming an exercise in mid-'80s English nostalgia.

Customer Reviews

Overlooked Gem of an album...

Largely ignored by the masses upon it's release in 1996, this disc remains one of my favourites. If you like the more synth oriented New Order songs , this is sure to please...This is my favourite of the 3 Electronic albums, and I discover something new about it with each revisit...


Great synth song that sounds like a New Order track (no disrespect to Mr. Marr). Lyrics are very Bernanrd Summner. Download and you wont be sorry.

If you are a New Order fan and you haven't heard this yet. Buy it

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Formed: 1989 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

One of the first supergroups from post-punk Great Britain, Electronic is the on-off project formed by New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, former guitarist of the Smiths. The duo released "Getting Away with It" in December 1989, with both Sumner and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on vocals. The single just missed the Top Ten in England, but was the end of Electronic for over two years; Sumner and Tennant returned to their respective groups while Marr played on albums by The The and Billy...
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