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1 (Fischerspooner album)

Studio album by Fischerspooner
GenreElectroclash
LabelCapitol , International DeeJay Gigolo , Ministry of Sound
Length65 : 54
ProducerFischerspooner , Nicolas Vernhes
ReleasedNovember 26, 2001

Preening art collective that sweeps irony and forthrightness into oblivion, Fischerspooner has made game of tightening its own noose over time. In the early days of New York's electroclash swell, straight-face conceptualist Warren Fischer and bubbly glam ditz Casey Spooner stood as scene-makers with something approaching vision. They put on cartoonishly gorgeous live spectacles back by make-up-dancers and flashy video decorations, and engage chattering classes in wink-and-nod duel to expose oily gears of hype machinery. With style-magazine editors and art mavens in their back pocket, duo sparked major-label bidding war, replete with over-inflated monetary boasts and arch calls for world domination. At once embarrassingly effective and hilariously overcook, bold swindle makes Fischer and Spooner stars of self-style sort. But it's also make noxious memento of their debut album 1, now out in the US after two years in import bins. To even acknowledge 1 is to endorse a deliberately hollow and airy scheme, but to ignore it is to miss one of the best musical artifacts of nu-electro movement. Arm with sharp ears for hooks and a sexily detached atmosphere, Fischerspooner styles '80s New wave as a new model that struts and screams with production flash. The album-opening sweetness dots throbbing bass pulse with synthesized horns and frantically shifting old-school drum patterns. 15 makes an unlikely electro anthem out of a song from Wire's art-punk classic 154, straining Spooner's breathy vocals through sheets of rippling aluminum. An Electronic-music neophyte before he got involved with his self-described media experiment, Fischer brings a refreshingly songful sense to his production, favoring bridges and verse changes over loop-mind trackiness of so much dance music. Even without the visual cues of Fischerspooner's stage show, emerge rushes through neon-lit wind tunnels with all the force of retrofitted Fiero that Pontiac would market if it had half brain. Reconciling Fischerspooner's dimly manipulative posturing with its music is more than can be expected of any person, but for better and worse, 1 gives plenty of reasons not to try.

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Track listing

Original Release

No.TitleLength
1."Invisible"5:13
2."The 15th" ( Colin Newman )3:58
3." Emerge "4:48
4."Fucker"4:54
5."Turn On"4:24
6."Tone Poem"4:14
7."Ersatz"3:56
8."Horizon"5:33
9."Natural Disaster"4:46

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Re-issue

No.TitleLength
1."Sweetness"5:22
2."The 15th"3:58
3."Emerge"4:48
4."L.A. Song"4:10
5."Tone Poem"4:14
6."Horizon"5:33
7."Invisible"5:13
8."Turn On"4:24
9."!@$%"4:54
10."Natural Disaster"4:46
11."Ersatz"3:56
12."Megacolon" (Bonus track)5:40
13."Emerge" (Junkie XL remix, bonus track)8:51
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AllMusic Review by Tim DiGravina

1 is the sound of 1980 as filtered by two new wave revivalists in 2002. Nine songs here have been remastered and resequenced from Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer's original take on debut. Though they're known primarily for their campy, elaborate live-concerts-as-dramas, Fischerspooner prove themselves to be as talented working studio boards as they are at staging those Ziggy Stardust-style freakouts. Many listeners will be surprised by the emotional depth of the album, especially since most will have been introduced first to ravey emerge. Their cover of Wire's 15 might not be as suit to dancefloor, but it's perfect, energetic electro-pop creation and quite possibly the album's high point. And while there are plenty of moments where one wonders if Fischerspooner is channeling Human League, Information Society, Giorgio Moroder, or Yaz, it might just be slow songs that best showcase the duo's talent. Unlike fellow nostalgia-mongers Ladytron, it's obvious that Fischerspooner has feet in the past and present. Sweet, minimal ersatz blends Eno, Add N to, and Autechre all at once. Tone Poem recalls and equals any one of Martin Gore's fragile ballads. Other songs simmer with modern techno glitches, mix diva vocals with vocoder rants, and paint vistas that haven't been visited since the 1980s. Remarkably vary, lush, and fascinating from start to finish, 1 is a great album.

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