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The Art Of Falling Apart Original recording remastered
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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.
Songs like Where The Heart Is, Kitchen Sink Drama, Loving You Hating Me, Barriers, and It's a Mug's Game are the ones on this album that evoke the same carefree, upbeat feeling of the two Non-Stop albums.
And then, there are the songs Heat, Baby Doll, The Art of Falling Apart, and Martin. I'd consider these songs to be a bit darker in tone than the rest of the album and the two previous albums. They sound like they would've fit in well on Soft Cell's next album, This Last Night in Sodom.
So, because The Art of Falling Apart is almost like a mix of the Non-Stops and This Last Night, I'd say it's a very balanced album. And although it isn't my overall favorite of Soft Cell's, it still has really great songs! Some of the songs may take a few listens before you can really get into them. The song that I love the most is The Art of Falling Apart. It's such an incredible song! Definitely one of my all time favorites by Soft Cell!
A lot of people seem to be criticizing the songs "Martin" and "Hendrix Medley," but these are great songs! Yes, they are both 10 minutes in length, but good none the less. Hendrix Medley contains 3 songs (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile), so it really doesn't feel like a 10 minute song when you listen to it. Martin does drag slightly, but it's still an interesting song. It's actually based on the film "Martin" from 1977, and if you watch this movie, then the song becomes even more intriguing.
So, I'm not gonna lie, you might have to listen to it a couple times before considering it to be a GREAT album. But, upon one listen, it should at least be considered a GOOD album. You'll probably find some songs that you love, and others not so much.
Most of them were hits or radio staples back in 1982 and are instantly recognizable as Soft Cell's signature sound. From the opener Forever The Same, Where The Heart Is, Numbers, Loving You Hating Me to the b side It's A Mug's Game - these represent the happy side of Soft Cell. The versions here are a lot longer and more interesting than those on The Very Best Of Soft Cell.
The sinister macabre stuff:
Baby Doll - mildly disturbing. Marc's facial expression in Live In Milan is even more disturbing.
Martin - about a boy who hears voices in his head and wants to kill. An audio equivalent of the horror movie of the same name. It was an extra 12" given with the vinyl album as it did not fit with the parent counterpart.
Hendrix Medley - lyrically and musically sinister in feel. There are three parts a) Hey Joe b) Purple Haze and c) Voodoo Chile. Came as a bonus 12" vinyl back in the day.
These do not fall into the above two categories:
Kitchen Sink Drama - my favorite here as it is like a sparkling piece of musical theater.
The Art Of Falling Apart - merges synth with that creepy quality. Very masterful.
Barriers - b side to Numbers. A great experimental piece that's like something out of David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees.
I did not dare to buy this in 1982 because of the creepy album artwork - you see the duo wearing masks against a backdrop of skulls, human bones and pearls. If you leaf through the pages, there's another one of them dressed as voodoo practitioners. There's also a shot of Almond pointing towards the masks in the background. Are these symbolic of who is behind the music?
The remastered and expanded Art Of Falling Apart should satisfy most synthpop lovers and for those who enjoy horror in audio doses, you'll love this.