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  • Summary: The third release from the project that now features New Order's Bernard Sumner and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Certainly a vast improvement from their sophomore effort... what makes Twisted Tenderness so vibrant is how Electronic placated their lushness for more of a moody demeanor, mysteriously similar to the likes of U2's electric distortion found on 1997's Pop.
  2. 70
    The album is haunted by echoes from both Marr and Sumner's past lives, which dates it a bit. But the duo shows a rare aggressive side on the album, which crackles with attitude even while indulging Sumner's moony, depressive lyrics.
  3. Electronic, if not exactly rejuvenated, are rewired, recharged and, really quite good again.
  4. Twisted Tenderness hits its turning point on the title track (RealAudio excerpt), a solitary, surefire progressive-house hit that recalls the Pet Shop Boys' 1999 album, Nightlife. From that point the album's energy improves considerably -- so there's the twist: It's not new, but it's improved.
  5. The results, although respectable, were never going to ignite anything like their former glories.
  6. The occasional brush with former glory, such as "Vivid" and the title track, isn't enough to make up for the eager-to-please inadequacies of the other material.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8