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bis: Return to Central [Deluxe Edition]

Track List

>What You're Afraid Of
>Silver Spoon
>Black Pepper
>End Starts Today, The
>Two Million
>Metal Box
>We're Complicated
>Portrait from Space, A
>Don't Let the Rain Come Down
>Make It Through
>Sound of Sleet
>Heartless Particles
>Return to Central
>Robotic (Just Last Week) [Syndrum Mix] - (remix)
>Love Will Tear Us Apart
>Shack Up
>Looking from a Hilltop
>European [7" Version], The
>Mamelodi Sundown
>Love 2 Love U
>End Starts Today [Tommie Sunshine's "Nail Me Down" Glasgow Summer Freestyle Mix], The - (remix)
>Telephone Operator
>Cubis (I Love You) [12" Version]
>Protection [Extomorph Chromium Version]
>Robotic [Adult Almost Instrumental Mix] - (remix)

Album Reviews:

Q (2/02, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Here is a maturity of sorts. Bolstering the theatrical '80s pop of Soft Cell, Human League and early Talk Talk with techno beats and bloops, RTC has the kind of handsome choruses and rich, synth-lavished arrangements that would have made Bis the toast of Smash Hits back in 1983..."

Alternative Press (1/02, p.79) - 7 out of 10 - "...[Bis] have done a fine job of updating their danceable pop without losing their spirited edge..."

Magnet (12-1/02, pp.77-8) - "...Ripsnortingly grand and surrealistically sincere..."

CMJ (9/17/01, p.10) - "...Accordingly navigates the gulf between new wave and techno-pop, replacing guitar-driven spasms with a cool, Stereolab-like sophistication..."

Album Notes

Bis: Sci-Fi Steven, John Disco, Manda Rin.

Recorded at Apollo Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.

Recording information: Apollo, Glasgow; Inca Studio.

Photographer: Jayne Duncan.

On their fourth and final release, RETURN TO CENTRAL, Scottish pop darlings Bis bury their infectious indie pop hooks deep under a heavy layer of dance-punk posturing and disco beats. The album also features a notable guest vocal appearance by Mogwai's Stuart Brathwaite as well as an unconventional cover of the Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart." RETURN TO CENTRAL is a solid send-off for a band many argue broke up prematurely.


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