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1980-1984 Life In The Gladhou Best of


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  • Audio CD (March 20 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B000056UPX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 16 Days
2. Gathering Dust
3. I Melt With You
4. Mesh and Lace
5. Black Houses
6. After the Snow
7. Rainbows End
8. Smiles and Laughter
9. Ricochet Days
10. Dawn Chorus
11. Carry Me Down
12. Machines
13. Heart
14. Swans on Glass
15. Blue Waves
16. Life in the Gladhouse

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paulsen on Aug. 27 2002
Format: Audio CD
Modern English are certainly deserving of a decent Best Of, but this one featuring songs from their 4AD years is just one big question mark. The darker, harsher debut MESH AND LACE gets far too much coverage here and their best two albums -- AFTER THE SNOW and RICOCHET DAYS -- are weakly represented. For starters, why on earth someone would omit "Someone's Calling" and "Hands Across the Sea" is absolutely beyond me -- two of their quintessential songs. I almost get the impression that this one was compiled by a fan of their earlier "goth" sound who almost begrudgingly (and smugly?) includes the smash "I Melt With You", sandwiched inappropriately between MESH AND LACE material.
It would be nice to see material from STOP START ("Ink and Paper" was a great song) and possibly even PILLOW LIPS included in a truly comprehensive compilation, because this one widely misses the mark by purporting to be a "Best Of".
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By A Customer on May 28 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a Best Of compilation which is quite different. The people who made this compilation (for better or worse) decided to leave out many of the singles that were actually released by Modern English and did actually get some decent airplay. This CD, is not about playing all of the songs everyone knows - since most people aren't familiar with Modern English anyway. This CD is about telling the story about one of the most underated bands of all time. Yes, After The Snow is definitely a better album. And I really do wish they might have included some of their later singles, and not just included album cuts from the later albums, but the music none-the-less is excellent. It includes some of their earlier, dark post-punk experimental rock music, which is ultra hard to find. It has the most popular songs from Mesh & Lace, as well as some of the better stuff from After The Snow, including the classic anthem, "I Melt With You". It also features many excellent songs from the underrated Ricochet Days album. The CD liner notes includes a history of the band as well as an intervue with two of the band members. If you love post-punk or new wave music, you will love this album. The bassist is as good as Peter Hook, the synths are phenomenal, the melodies and harmonies and lyrics are all excellent as well. If you like the Cure, New Order, Joy Division or similar music, definitely check this album out!
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Modern English have always been much more than just "I Melt With You". In fact I would put several of these songs on this disc up against it. Will people who simply know them through Valley Girl be put off by the darker more experimental songs like "Gathering Dust" or "Sixteen Days"? Quite possibly, but then they'd really be missing the point of what Modern English were trying to get across. I agree songs like "Someone's Calling" or "Hands Across the Sea" should have been included, but overall I think this compilation really represents what Modern English were about, and really gets at the sound they were trying to convey. It's also a bonus that they didn't include material from any of the albums after Ricochet Days. The lineup had changed and they lost their direction, though having just seen them live, they seem to be back on track and the new material played was quite good, albeit with only 2 original members.
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By Elise on May 3 2005
Format: Audio CD
Notorious for the single "I Melt with You", Modern English produce a dark brand of pop that is also dark. Like the other reviews claim, this is one of the most highly under-rated bands. If you like Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Dada Pogrom or Gary Numan then you will enjoy this album. There is a lot of similarity with The High Dials in a strange but curious way. The melodies with get you up on the dance floor. Listen and see.
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I really don't understand record labels. Why are they putting out a greatest hits from a group that had one hit "I Melt With You". There are some good songs on this cd, but why not just remaster the cd "After the Snow"? Another good example releasing stupid greatest hits cd is Ami Mann's Greatest Hits!
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