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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005NZH9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lapsed punks growing ever more melodious and increasingly less malign, The Stranglers' aptitude for a genuinely shrewd pop tune probably reached its apex on 1984's Aural Sculpture, arguably the last great album to feature the band's original line-up as well as the first to feature a three-piece brass section (including future Propellerhead Alex Gifford on tenor sax). Although the horns didn't go down too well with some of the rancid punk fundamentalists in The Stranglers' audience Aural Sculpture endures to this day as a brave conjunction between synth-led Europop and proximate blue-eyed soul, appetisingly wrapped-up within a temperate mainstream pop frame and abetted by Laurie Lathams' clean and lustrous production work. Highlights include the very untypical "Mad Hatter" (doo-wop with vibraphone and trombone), the brilliantly minimalist hit single "Skin Deep", committed Europhile JJ Burnel's ruminations on the state of post-war Europe on the chilly "Northwinds' (a candidate for best-ever Stranglers song) and other morsels of fine pop craftsmanship such as "Ice Queen", "No Mercy" and Hugh Cornwell's "Laughing" (a tribute to the recently murdered Marvin Gaye, whom The Stranglers had hoped would produce this album). The bonus tracks include all the attendant b-sides, including--sung by JJ in an Americanised Radio Moscow accent--the ongoing diary of our dissident Soviet chum Vlad on "Vladimir And The Beast" ("only in the world's greatest socialist democracy can one hope to be forgiven for losing temporary sight of the aims and goals of the Marxist Leninist revolution, two years it took me to be cured of my illness"). Lovingly remastered, with excellent sleeve notes from Strangled magazine contributor Nik Yeomans, this re-issue does both Sony and The Stranglers proud. --Kevin Maidment

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE on 3 July 2004
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Moving on from FELINE's slick production values (and Dave Greenfield's then "new" OBERHEIM OB-X), The Strangler's went for a "philly soul" type of sound for this album. Now that SHOULD have been a recipie for disaster, but..it works!
"Ice Queen", "Skin Deep", "Let Me Down Easy", "Here and There" stand out as really successfull results of the new formulae (complete with brass stabs, samples, and hammond organ riffs).
The rest of the album works just as well, but a star is lost because there are also a few weaker numbers such as "punch and judy" which spoil the smoothness of the vibe.
Overall, another successful experiment by the band in the 80's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "unclemogs" on 12 Jun. 2004
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The Stranglers bounce back from the stripped down and almost "unplugged" Feline album with a return to form. Aural Sculpture features some of the Stranglers'finest post-punk songs. "Skin deep" is exquisite, a haunting song utilising Burnel and Greenfield's backing vocals to wonderful effect. Likewise "No mercy", "Let me down easy", "North winds" and "Souls" are up there with the Stranglers' best work. There are a few "average" tracks, chiefly "Mad Hatter" and the silly "Punch and Judy". If you're looking for punk-angst then this isn't the album for you. If you're looking for majestic riffs, good lyrics and a crisp production then this album will not disappoint. I dropped one star for Black's insistence on using a drum machine instead of playing on the album. Lazy sod!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2005
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Not their best and not their worst but worth a listen all the same. Their last true great moment the single Always the sun was just round the corner. An astonishing band live although this recording was nothing like the live experience I can recommend this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 May 2008
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This album for me marks a vast improvement on the previous one, "Feline". Whether this was due to Laurie Latham's production (the opening to the track "Laughing" is so reminiscent of his work for Paul Young) is a moot point: sometimes the brass and backing vocals work, sometimes they don't. What there is on this album for sure, however, is plenty of echo and depth, and plenty of polish too. (Compare the extra tracks at the end of this CD produced solely by the Stranglers.)

Of the original eleven tracks, I can take or leave the ironical "Let Me Down Easy" (all that's missing is the orchestra); the 50s rocker "Uptown"; the 60s rocker "Punch & Judy"; "Souls" (nothing special); and the quirky "Mad Hatter".

But I have plenty of good time for the remaining six. "Ice Queen" has a good groove with brass support; "Skin Deep" is pleasantly persistent: "No Mercy" has a brilliant pop hook; whilst "North Winds" is reminiscent of some medieval heretic prophesying the future. Meanwhile "Spain" has great lyrics ('Watch them move into the future, Got a lot of catching up to do'), and "Laughing" is an eerily-distinctive ballad, but addressed to whom?

The Stranglers look after their fans and have thus included eight extra tracks on this CD. But only the amusing "Here & There" merits special mention, although there are two tracks that continue the adventures of Vladimir and his relationship with Dmitri the camel. "Place des Victoires" is an instrumental version of "Let Me Down Easy".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wolfram on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Aural sculpture on the cover -aural pleasure on the disc ! The former punk band reinvents itself as a modern pop group ! The songs are not very suitable for charting but for twisting into your ears and make you enjoy hearing them. You should start with "Skin deep" and then listen to the whole CD from beginning to the end and I think you should be able to relax with it as well...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2001
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This album was produced at a time when home studios were becoming a reality. In the past Hugh Cornwell wrote with JJ Burnel but this time tracks were written seperately. As always the tracks are credited to The Stranglers and it's interesting trying to work out which were Hugh's and which were JJ's. There are some fine pieces of music here. Ice Queen, Skin Deep, Let Me Down Easy, No Mercy and Spain are obvious stand out tracks of high quality with wonderful production. But the masterpiece is track 10: 'Souls'. This really is essential for anyone who likes The Stranglers. The other tracks such as Mad Hatter really are clunky and best avoided but on the whole this album is definitely work owning. Probably the last moment of joy from The Stranglers featuring Hugh Cornwell.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2007
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Until Hugh Cornwell's departure, The Stranglers didn't make a bad album. By the time of 'Aural Sculpture,' however, their confrontational approach had waned considerably. They continue here to attack certain attitudes, but outbursts against specific nations and groups of people are absent. The hit, 'Skin Deep,' warns against the treachery of 'friends' who are merely acquaintances, and that's typical of the content of much of this album. The band still had a collective ear for a melody, the best of which are on the minor hits, 'No Mercy' and 'Let Me Down Easy,' as well as 'Skin Deep.' The jaunty 'Mad Hatter' can be added to the list, but, in truth, there are good ideas all over the album, sometimes augmented by brass or backing vocalists. It's all bolstered by a clear production that doesn't suffer from the same sterility as many other recordings of the 1980s. The Stranglers always were the most musical band of the New Wave era, a fact that was often lost amid the controversies that surrounded them. Remarkably, the eight bonus tracks are genuine extras, with the exception of 'Place De Victoires,' which is an instrumental version of 'Let Me Down Easy.' The original LP included a bonus one-sided single of the title track which isn't included here, though it was only a monologue over a little background music and is no great loss. 71 classy minutes.
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