Electronic was formed by guitarist Johnny Marr of
vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner of New Order and
keyboardist Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.
Tennant penned the debut single, Getting Away With It (1989), that
became a huge hit.
Electronic (Warner Bros, 1991) sounds like a slightly more psychedelic
and intellectual version of New Order's dance-pop
(Tighten Up, the new hit Get the Message).
Raise The Pressure (Warner Bros, 1996) lacks the smooth effervescence
of that album (and Tennant). The New Order influence still prevails, but this
time around it yields trivial house music like
Until The End Of Time and Dark Angel
(that sounds like Real McCoy).
The less trivial ballads show at least some character, but the best ones,
For You and Second Nature, are hardly original
(the latter is clearly inspired by Chic's disco-soul).
A good compromise is Forbidden City, but it is still a far cry from
Getting Away With It. Tennant is sorely missed.
The Smiths' side of the equation takes over on
Twisted Tenderness (Koch, 2000), whose sweet agonies
(Vivid, Twisted Tenderness No Other, Late At Night)
are less poppy and less bouncing.
At the end of that experience, Johnny Marr formed another group, the Healers,
who recorded the mediocre Boomslang (Music, 2003).
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