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Guilty [CD]

Hugh Cornwell Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Snapper
  • ASIN: B00000IB4U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Burning Desire
2. Snapper
3. Nerves Of Steel
4. Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit
5. Hot Head
6. Endless Day Endless Night
7. Five Miles High
8. Sravandrabellagola
9. Long Dead Train
10. Torture Garden
11. House Of Sorrow

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Despite breaking free from the shackles of a creatively exhausted Stranglers unit in August 1990, it took their famously terse front-man Hugh Cornwell--as subsequently evidenced by an unconvincing flirtation with funk-pop and another record as part of a country pop trio--seven more years of hard labour and self-improvement on the provincial public indifference live circuit to truly experience the taste of liberty and healthy creativity again. And on 1997's Guilty (a career-highlight produced by that most pop-friendly of Stranglers sound men Laurie Latham), Cornwell's decision to go it alone was finally vindicated. With all the demonstrative Stranglers prerequisites of spinning harpsichord, reticent guitar and black attitude in place, Guilty proved an unqualified, melodious adult-rock joy from start (the Lou Reed vibe and wry sexual-insinuation of "Snapper", the stiffly-riffed choppiness of "Nerves Of Steel") to finish (the disquieting Twin Peaks dreaminess of "Torture Garden" and the mournful ghost-story "House Of Sorrow"). He should be sentenced to another 15 years of making records like this. --Kevin Maidment

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2CD set featuring 11 tracks from 'The Stranglers' legend. Long heralded as one of the most accomplished guitar players to come out of the punk era and undoubtedly one of the greatest British songwriters of the 70's and 80's. Hugh Cornwell returned in 1997 with an album steeped in lyrical sensuality, black humour and seductive melodies. Includes 'Five Miles High', 'Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit' and 'Long Dead Train'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent solo album by Hugh 31 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Hugh's best work since the infamous split from the Stranglers the other review states its his best solo work since the Raven. Of course the Raven in fact being a Stranglers album.But certainly Guilty is an excellent album and his best work so far including the lastest album Hi Fi.Try and catch him live if you can, but make sure you turn up after Hugh's own support slot. The band themselves are well worth a turn out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty of excellence 3 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
For me, Guilty is where Hugh really said 'goodbye' to the Stranglers. Sound-wise, it could have been the natural successor to '10', sounding much more like a Stranglers album than any of the offerings from messers Black, Burnell, Greenfield at al up until 2003's Norfolk Coast.
In truth, there isn't a bad track on Guilty (whereas later album's Hi-Fi and Beyond Elysian fields have their weaker moments). The lyrics and music are fantastic, the production sympathetic.
The albums that have followed have been a progression - not giant leaps but they have moved away to a sound that is more definable as Hugh Cornwell. Guilty really was the last Great Stranglers Album, albeit with only one-quarter in attendance. Go buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Cornwell 8 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
With the Stangler behind him, Hugh has gone from strength to strength, fantastic lyrics, with every track telling a story, if ever you get a chance listen to his "Cadiz" track, so brilliant, I'm going to visit it at Christmas due to this song, long live Hugh, the king is not dead, fortunately for us he's still writing brilliant songs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's best album 13 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Quite simply this is Hugh Cornwell's best solo work since The Raven. Guilty captures some of the feel of the early Stranglers but with a more modern sound. Better than his latest album 'HI FI' by a long way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last ever Stranglers album 16 July 2010
Format:MP3 Download
This is probably Hugh's best work to date,a natural sucessor to 10.Guilty has everything that was great of the post-punk Stranglers output.In particular Long Dead Train along with Nerves Of Steel being very Stranglers tracks and it becomes obvious that when Hugh left the creative force along with that distinct Stranglers sound left too.Also worth noting after nearly 20 years after his departure the Stranglers are still failing to produce anything near as good as this.
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