This limited double-set contains not only 1993's Loveblows&Lovecries, but 1991's debut Lovesighs: An Entertainment. I came across No Man in the bargain bin, single Painting Paradise having a b-side (Heaven Taste) that starred Barbieri, Jansen & Karn from Japan/Rain Tree Crow.
No Man fit into the same universe as people like Billy Mackenzie, Blue Nile, Marc Almond, Catwalk, Fortran 5 & Electribe 101. Only Baby very much a precursor of Mackenzie's Falling Out with the Future & could easily fit on the first half of Almond's Tenement Symphony. The rest is as wonderful- epic sweeping synths, great pop songs & more guest appearances by ex-Japan types. Mick Karn's distinctive fretless bass a joy- nice to hear these rhythms at a wilder pace than the great, if downbeat Rain Tree Crow album. Some of these songs are so great, I'm surprised lame pop bands like atomic kitten etc haven't tried covering them. Loveblows&Lovecries is a great, great album*****.
Lovesighs collects their early singles from 1991, a modern sounding (then) equivalent of Associates' Fourth Drawer Down. Heartcheat Pop belongs to the same lovely place as Pet Shop Boy's We All Feel Better in the Dark, Associates' Set Me Up & Electronic's Some Distant Memory. A late 80's, early 90s equivalent of Chic, even (though the vocals are passionate male, rather than soulful diva). Kiss Me Stupid is as good, though this collection is more of a bonus set- as there are a few repetitions (Heartcheat Motel, Days in the Trees). This all comes from a similar place as great late 80s pop, like The Glamour Chase & AR Kane's A Love Song from Outer Space. ***
As with the equally wonderful Jack/Jacques, No Man remain sadly neglected- discarded in the lost floor of 2nd hand record shops in cities...I just hope people finally discover No Man, who can't even claim to be a cult band yet- which is a shame...