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The Art Of Falling Apart Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000B94X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Forever The Same
2. Where The Heart Is
3. Numbers
4. Heat
5. Kitchen Sink Drama
6. Baby Doll
7. Loving You Hating Me
8. The Art Of Falling Apart
9. Hendrix Medley
10. Martin
11. Barriers
12. It's A Mug's Game

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Digitally Remastered With New Sleeve Notes & New Packaging.

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Beautifully remastered, this is arguably the best album they've made. Includes bonus tracks "Martin" "Hendrix Medley" "Barriers" and "It's a Mugs Game", the first two ONLY available on this cd! Totally indispensable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decadence, decadence... Feb. 3 2009
By Torquemada - Published on
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If you are here reading about Soft Cell, you probably already know a lot a bout this duo. At the very least, you are familiar with their repeatedly played "tainted love", an absolute must have for parties and collectors of the new romantics/new wave style.

The art of falling apart is a good reflection of the duo's feelings and torment in 81-82. For starters, the duo absolutely hated their star song (Tainted love) at this point. There were also tensions with the record company about what had to be included in the record, and what could not be included. Finally, there seemed to be emotional and existentialist struggles from both Marc Almond and Alan Ball... Just look at the cover pictures of the album, with the masks coming on and off; more than a subliminal message in fact.

The collection of songs reflect all this and go from upbeat ("Forever the same", the opening track, and "Martin", the closer on the original release), to sarcastic ("Where the heart is", "Numbers"), with a touch of kinkiness - actually more than just that - on songs such as "Heat", "Baby doll". There is also sort of a visionary side to the music of Soft Cell, especially on the track "numbers", which is a strong criticism of our world become materialistic, where the individual doesn't really count as a person... but a as number. Just remember that this album is almost 30 years old ! It is also released after the acclaimed "non-stop erotic cabaret" (Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret), which apparently was too "glossy" for the duo, thus the "darker" feeling found on the songs here.

I had this on tape many years ago and this edition offers of course a much improved sound (the tape was already quality cr-o2 though), together with 2 extra tracks after the Hendrix medley. Not a great addition though, these two tracks sound more like discards, which they probably are.

The duo was going to sort of disband after this, with the exception of a new release in 2002 (Cruelty Without Beauty). The art of falling apart completed you might say. Incidentally, I see many similarities between Soft Cell and Tears for fears. Same period, same type of sound at times, a duo in both cases, few albums, fights and torments ending up in the dissolution of the band. TFF was probably a tad more "commercial", or at least I believe they sold more albums than Soft Cell; but in both cases, excellent music at times and both worth to be listened to closely, if you haven't done so already !

In short, an album reflecting torment and a critic of the grand-guignol of the society, as perceived by Marc Almond and Alan Ball. But with brilliant and very intense moments. An album you need to add to your collection if you are into that post-punk period with so many relevant artists (Spandau Ballet, OMD, Tears for Fears, Thomas Dolby, the Fixx, Nik Kershaw, etc.). Soft Cell never really made it on the U.S. market. Their songs were considered too daring and bizarre by the record company (so, very little promotion), who apparently feared censorship as well...

I will end with the final comment you will find in the booklet of this cd : "There is no musical barrier of people's acceptance. The only musical barrier is the media (Music press, radio & television). Remember, what people cannot see or hear, they cannot think about - some bizarre ?". So true...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whole album plus bonus tracks. May 16 2009
By R. Vayda - Published on
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I must admit I have been a die hard Soft Cell fan since 1982. The is one of those albums that needs to grow on you. I have had the vinyl release with the bonus 12" of extra track for almost 2 decades now. It is nice to have them all on one disc for your listening pleasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Cell - The Art of Falling Apart March 8 2007
By Ramon Atkins - Published on
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This is a great addition to my Soft Cell collection. It dose not have as many songs on it as Non Stop Erotic Cabaret, but it is a great album. I was impressed with how different this album is from other Soft Cell albums. It is a lot of fun to listen to. My favorite song is Numbers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 3rd Time Effort as Soft Cell Grows Up! Sept. 14 2005
By Frederick Baptist - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Why 3rd time effort? Some people forget about "Non-Stop Esctatic Dancing" which was their 2nd effort and judging from the quality of said album compared to this and the first one, I'm not surprised. This remastered version, however, sounds a lot better than my lp version of this good grown up effort by the band except that some tracks still seem to be too bottom heavy and the highs not quite there.

About the tracks though what I mean about growing up is that the quality of the music and the lyrics is a far cry from what's on their freshman effort. That's not to say that "Non-Stop...Cabaret" isn't good; on the contrary it's one of my favourite albums of all time but the subject matter and the choice of lyrics for this album are much more complex and serious and show a band that's developing and growing.

Other than the not so great apparently "remastered" sound, the reason this only got 4 stars from me is the fact that the bonus tracks other than the brilliant "It's a Mug's Game" actually detract from and spoils the enjoyment of the cd. The Jimi Hendrix medley was really awful and did nothing to enhance the disc and really should never have been added. This was just pure filler material to make up the space.

Otherwise, there are many great tracks here like my favourite, "Numbers", "Kitchen Sink Drama" as well as "Where the Heart Is" and "Loving You, Hating Me."

This and their first album are by far the best work Soft Cell have ever done.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Follow Up Oct. 23 2002
By William D. Ackerman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge fan of Soft Cell, I loved this album when it first came out. It is the follow up to "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret" the duo's debut.
Listening to it today, It still sounds good but at the same time, a little dated here and there. Some of the songs also run a little long and some sound completely 80ish.
The CD as a whole has a more sinister tone then their debut. While "Non Stop Erotic Caberet" sounds as though they had a blast making it, Art of Falling Apart" sounds a bit more like it was a chore. This is not to say it isn't a good Soft Cell offering. Songs such as "Forever the same", "Martin", "Heat", "loving You, Hating Me" are highlights. Then there is the demented "Baby Doll" which demonstrates just how twisted these guys really are. {in a good way}