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Anomie & Bonhomie

Scritti Politti Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00000JYSH
  • Other Editions: Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Umm
2. Tinseltown to the Boogiedown
3. First Goodbye
4. Die Alone
5. Mystic Handyman
6. Smith N' Slappy
7. Born To Be
8. The World You Understand (Is Over+Over+Over)
9. Here Come July
10. Prince Among Men
11. Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Power

Product Description

SCRITTI POLITTI Anomie & Bonhomie (1999 UK 11-track CD album released after a ten year gap from the once left-wing post-punk British band. The return meant a big change for the band who delved into the world of hip hop borrowing from the pioneers at the time Mos Def and Jimahl; and recieving critical acclaim for it. Features the single Tinseltown To The Boogiedown. Includes a foldout picture sleeve CDV2884)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEVOTION 16 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Scritti devotee since the early eighties, I was more than a little disappointed with this album on first listening. It has, however, grown on me mucho over the last couple of years and is now the Scritti album I play the most (doesn't mean it's my favourite though- you have to know me to understand his seeming cunundrum!) Can't abide track by track reviews so you won't get one here, but suffice to say that if you've enjoyed previous Scritti outings you will eventually like this - trust me! I will say though, that unlike one of the other reviewers on this page, I think 'Here Come July' is jolly good fun. Buy this record in the vain hope that if it is relatively successful, we may get a follow-up within he next ten years!
Love Sam
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets not wait another 11 years!! 22 Oct 2002
Format:Mini-Disc
I have to admit to having missed the release of this album, having given up all hope that Green would produce any more material as 11yrs had passed since Provisions release. However I was delighted to have got hold of a copy of this album which,if I was honest, is not quite up to the standards set by Cupid & Psyche or Provision. Having said that though, there are a number of classics contained within it (Tinsle Town and Dusted With Powder prove the point) which show that Green certainly still has it. Let's hope that we don't have to wait another 11 years before his next release...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UTTER JOY 23 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I count myself so lucky to have heard of this musical genius.
I would probably be right in thinking that most people don't know who he is nowadays. I first heard of him a year or two ago when the Black Bread/ White Beer album came out.

I bought this album when I was on holiday in Spain, for a bargain. It must be the best thing I purchased last year. I had a good feeling I would like it before listening, and I was right!
From the moment I pressed play I really was taken away, that exotic little guitar riff which opens the song "Umm", it develops into a pop-rock/hip hop crossover which works very well.
The couple of hip hop songs which are on the album are excellent. I thought the mere idea of Scritti and Mos Def collaborating together was unbelievably cool, and the music of course is too,- "Tinseltown to Boogie down" is sooooo catchy!!

This album couldn't really be categorised under any genre, which I always feel is a good thing. It drifts between hip hop and pop and sometimes has a small taste of rock. "First Goodbye" is a beautiful ballad with a chorus i seem to keep humming to myself.. A few people probably don't like "Here come July", as he goes all out punk on this one. For a second I thought it was a Blink 182 song until I heard Green's voice. It's great fun.

A few people felt disappointed by this album, and others felt it took a while to grow on them. But with me, it was an instant hit. For me, it was something completely new, a wonderful direction to take my musical interests. The album is full of interesting melodies and is bold in the attmepts to crossover genres.

I count myself lucky that I hadn't heard of Scritti in the 90's because I would have had to wait 11 years!
I would reccommend this to anyone that likes Scritti Politti, give it a few listens and it should become an utter joy to listen to, as it for me!
I would also reccommend White Bread Black Beer...
I LOVE SCRITTI!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm... Stunning 17 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Not so much genre-bending as genre-melding, Anomie and Bonhomie brings together just about everything that has ever influenced Green.

The hip hop elements are an integral part of the whole affair - not just a tacked-on afterthought. Hearing the slick interplay between Green, Mos Def, Lee Majors and Me'shell does more than raise the eyebrows - it moves feet and makes hearts soar.

As well as hip hop, Green shows he can take on power pop, balladry, lovers rock and hair metal - emerging triumphant on each occasion. Accomplices of the quality of Wendy Melvoin, Abe Laboriel jr and David Gamson never fail to rise to the challenge.

After all this time, tracks like Umm, Die Alone and Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Powder are not just among this writer's favourite Scritti Politti songs; they are right up there with the best pop music any artist has ever produced.

Set aside any preconceptions you may have about what a Scritti Politti record "should" sound like - and enjoy. Repeatedly, and at length.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but with some good moments 24 Jan 2003
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
80s pop band Scritti Politti were one of the last English synth-led acts to make it big in the US, and their usage of elements of reggae (the collaborated with Shabba Ranks before he got really famous) and soul made for a refreshing cahnge from the likes of Duran Duran. 11 years on, mainmain Green Gartside has reformed the act, adn seemingly felt very pressured to modernise the sound.
Enter rappers Mos Def and Lee Majors to add their touch to much of the album. There are four especially rap-led tracks on the album, including the neat single Tinseltown to the Boogiedown. However, teh best and worst thing about the album is best summed up by Prince Among men. Over a soaring guitar riff, Majors bounces in with a tale of his life, about how he 'hates those cads in a suit and a tie', at which point Green (who would wear precisely that) comes in with a typically soulful chorus. As it darts from one section to another, it almost feels like 2 different songs, albeit both very good.
Four of the tracks are well and truly old-style Scritti, with First Goodbye especially bittersweet and touching. ALso impressive is Born To Be. However, the one track which lets the album down the most is Here Come July, an attempt at guitar-heavy power-pop, although 'attempt' is a strong word. Truly pitiful. But all in all, there is enough to entertain old and new fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...DESPITE the rappers
It says much for Green's song-writing that he can make a great album even with the addition of an over-generous portion of rap (to which I would add a capital 'C'). Read more
Published on 9 May 2008 by Ca Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars still doin' it for the girls
what do you get if you cross str & c&p and add a liberal dash of of quality hip hop?
this!
i have admired green gartside as a master of the addictively harmonious pop... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2005 by recrea33
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 years and worth the wait.
I am a huge fan of Green and Scritti Politti and have all their albums. This I must say is surprising and a great change in direction which we saw sort of happening when he... Read more
Published on 27 April 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Initially great, then...
This album is quite dissapointing- the first two Scritti albums are 5-star classics ('Songs to Remember' & 'Cupid & Psyche 85')and 'Provision' was a 4-star (with songs like... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2002 by Jason Parkes
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, Monet
I've loved every Scritti album before this. From the bluesy "Songs to Remember" in the early 80s when I was in high school to the breezy, funky "Cupid & Psyche... Read more
Published on 17 April 2000 by faisal@nildram.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Scritti, with added rap and guitars
Green Gartside's new Scritti album shows he has not lost his knack for hook laden tunes and sensual ballads. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping-sweet voice vs pumping, grinding, wrenching music
Green's voice is heavenly & the song "First Goodbye" goes down as one of the most heart-wrenching of the year. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost masterpiece
This record is a marvellous fusion of hip-hop, lo-fi pop and gorgeous ballads. The production is Scritti trade marked on the money and a welcome return, showcase for one of... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 1999
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