PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 August, 1996, 12:00am

Electronic - Raise The Pressure (Warner Brothers) This is the second album from Electronic, otherwise known as Barney Sumner of disbanded New Order, and Johnny Marr, the man who put the tune in the Smiths.

But there is little about Raise the Pressure to indicate it is the work of former members of two of the most popular and influential British bands of the 80s.

Things start reasonably, with Forbidden City and For You, the latter featuring a very Smithsy chord progression, and a hummable tune. But the third number, Dark Angel, wheels out the most tired acid house piano chops. It's almost like they were joking.

And that is where the album's downfall lies. Many of the songs sport dance rhythms which would have felt more at home in 88 than in post-baggy, post-Portishead 96.

And Marr fans will find that his distinctive guitar playing is barely in evidence. While his musical abilities no doubt stretch beyond six strings, it is primarily as a guitar innovator he is known, and that's what we want to hear.

Raise the Pressure is a great disappointment when compared with the work these two musicians have produced with the bands that made them famous.