Second Nature [#1]

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AllMusic Review by Tim DiGravina

Second Nature collects the song "Second Nature" from Electronic's difficult yet uplifting second album Raise the Pressure and two B-sides. The title track is one of the high points of Raise the Pressure. It sounds more like the band's self-titled debut than most of the other songs on Raise the Pressure. Thankfully, it doesn't resort to the tacky, diva-style vocals that cropped up on many of the other songs. Electronic was massively catchy, and "Second Nature" continues in the same optimistic, light tone. As on Raise the Pressure, Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk plays additional keyboards on the song. How is this for a supergroup: key members of the Smiths, New Order (and Joy Division), and Kraftwerk? That's "Second Nature" for you. "Turning Point" is an instrumental, aside from Bernard Sumner's "la la la's." What's interesting is that he appears to be humming "Getting Away With It" from Electronic. The music is suitable for dancing, and there are certainly hints of New Order's Technique. Ultimately, the song doesn't amount to much more than a pleasant diversion; it seems rather incomplete and a waste of the band's efforts. Why should Sumner and partner Johnny Marr mimic New Order when they have a fine, original sound of their own? The remix of "Feel Every Beat" is nowhere as compelling as the original song appearing on Electronic. Remixers Danny Rampling and Peter Lorimer add broad strokes of twitching electronic sounds and assorted plunkery, but the song loses a create deal of its original charm due to the distancing effect placed on the vocals. Sumner's attempt at rap is still immensely lighthearted and enjoyable. Second Nature winds up being more redundant than anything else, as the only new track, "Turning Point," won't warrant a look or repeat plays for most fans.

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