- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 19, 2013
- Label: EMI Import
Spin - 6/91, pp.76-78
Highly Recommended "...an impressive album...a delicious blend of singer-songwriter strumming and contemporary rhythms..."
Entertainment Weekly - 6/21/91
"...irresistably tuneful..." - Rating: A
Melody Maker - 12/91Ranked #15
in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991 - "...Electronic used the most advanced equipment to construct the perfect modernist setting for Bernard's peerlessly sorrowful reveries on all the classic human emotions..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Idiot Country
- 3.Tighten Up
- 4.The Patience of a Saint
- 5.Getting Away With It
- 8.Get the Message
- 9.Try All You Want
- 10.Some Distant Memory
- 11.Feel Every Beat
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Disappointed (Stephen Hague 7" Version)
- 2.Second to None (Edit)
- 3.Lean to the Inside (Edit)
- 4.Twisted Tenderness (Guitar / Vocal Mix)
- 5.Idiot Country Two (12" Version - Edit)
- 6.Free Will (Edit)
- 7.Until the End of Time (Edit)
- 8.Feel Every Beat (Edit)
- 9.Getting Away With It (Instrumental)
- 10.Turning Point (Edit)
- 11.Visit Me (Edit)
- 12.Twisted Tenderness (Instrumental)
Electronic: Bernard Sumner (vocals, keyboards, programming); Johnny Marr (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, programming).
Additional personnel: Denise Johnson, Neil Tennant (vocals); Helen Powell (oboe); Chris Lowe (keyboards); Donald Johnson (drums, percussion); David Palmer (drums); Andrew Robinson (programming).
A collaboration between ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and soon-to-be-ex-New Order singer Bernard Sumner, Electronic released one of the last great electro-pop albums before the impact of grunge made the idea of keyboard-based bands with both dance club and Top 40 tendencies seem rather quaintly old-fashioned. The arrangements give equal weight to ticking sequencers, strumming acoustic guitars, and Sumner's boyish vocals, and so the overall feel is not at all unlike the brighter parts of New Order's BROTHERHOOD and TECHNIQUE albums.
Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant sings on two tracks, "Patience of a Saint," and the sublime, dreamy single "Getting Away With It," one of the best things any of the three main participants have ever been involved with. "Get the Message" ratchets up the tension a few degrees, while elsewhere the band explores the stoned, lazy groove of the then-fashionable Madchester sound.