|1. The Word Girl|
|2. Small Talk|
|4. A Little Knowledge|
|5. Don't Work That Hard|
|6. Perfect Way|
|7. Lover To Fall|
|8. Wood Beez|
|10. Flesh & Blood|
|11. Absolute (Version)|
|12. Wood Beez (VERSION)|
|13. Hypnotize (VERSION)|
It was songs like "Wood Beez", "Word Girl" and "Absolute" that made me realise that music doesn't have to fit into a particular pigeon-hole. Each of these songs floats between reggae, soul and pop to good effect. Like Prince, they experimented and produced gold, unlike modern pop which is safer and more like 'music by numbers'.
Later, David Gamson left the band to work on other material. The best of those efforts was the album "Bridging The Gap" he produced for the late Roger Troutman (of the voice box in the 70s electro-funk band Zapp). I believe it was Gamson's R&B influence coupled with Green Gartside's hauntingly wierd (but brilliant) vocal style and songwriting skills that made this album very different to all the pop rubbish of the 80s.
I bought a vinyl copy of this album when it first came out. Unfortunately, it was never returned by the "friend" who borrowed it. I'm now seriously contemplating buying both a vinyl and a CD copy of this masterpiece.
If, like me, you think the British charts are full of clones with minimal talent, then listen to some music from the second zenith of British Pop...the 80's. Cupid and Psyche is a classic amongst quite a few - the Blue Nile, Heaven 17...I could go on. If you are old enough, relive those memories, if you are younger than me (a lot younger maybe !), then listen to 80's music and be surprised...
Some have said that it was too fluffy, and over produced. But you only have to listen to "Absolute" (and I mean REALLY listen). Pick out each instruement and couple it along with Greens vocals, and you have a song of great majesty.
If you get a chance, get a copy. Good to see it's on CD.
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