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Scritti Politti Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LDL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boom! There She Was
2. Overnite
3. First Boy In This Town (Lovesick)
4. All That We Are
5. Best Thing Ever
6. Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)
7. Bam Salute
8. Sugar And Spice
9. Philosophy Now
10. Oh Patti (Extended)
11. Boom! There She Was (Dub)

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CD Album

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION 16 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most heart-searingly beautiful pop records ever made and is such a perfect manifestation of the art that it deserves to be exhibited in a museum of contemporary art. How the reviewer below can imply that the material is weak is beyond me (cloth ears perhaps?). 'First Boy In This Town', 'Boom, There She Was' and 'Overnight' are pretty damn near perfect pop songs and 'Oh Patti' still sends shivers up my spine, sixteen years after I first heard it. Green's finest hour? You bet!
Love Sam
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime to the Point of Haemmorhage 28 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Green and his varying band of merry men after hearing 'Best Thing Ever' on the Madonna soundtrack 'Who's That Girl', which led me to scan for this very album. And, having listened to all of SP's commercial material (from Songs to Remember to Anomie and Bonhomie) thus far, I can safely say that the outfit's finest records were created and implemented through Provision. This is a sublime collection of sweet, emotional and incredibly clever songs, ranging from the pseudo-upbeat Sugar and Spice and Boom! There She Was, to the spine-meltingly emotional Overnite and All That We Are, and to mindbending lyrical wordplay via Philosophy Now and Bam Salute. There isn't a track on this LP which doesn't succeed to send a great fat shiver down my spine. Lovely. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's bubblegum pop, Green style 14 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is the follow-up to Cupid & Psyche '85, and is notable for two reasons: the sublime Oh Patti (and even more sublime 12" mix), and for featuring a Miles Davis trumpet solo (how on earth did Green manage to persuade him...?) In some ways it's a perfect example of perfectly-produced lightweight 80's bubblegum pop, although the lyrics of most 80's pop tunes don't feature words like "pharmacology" and "volition". However it generally isn't as well-regarded as its predecessor, and it's clear that Green Gartside felt it represented something of a musical cul-de-sac - Scritti's next offering was an (ill-advised) Beatles cover with Shabba Ranks, followed by the radically different Anomie and Bonhomie in 1999, some 11 years later. Still, this is a good example of Green's unique style of songwriting, and the aforementioned single and 12" mix are worth the price of admission alone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A absolute top 10 of perfect poprecords 23 Dec 2007
By Durand
Format:Audio CD
If you don't like the pop sound of the 80's, move on. If you can live with synthbrass and drummachine sounds that have been surpassed by almost 20 years of development, search no more.

No matter what - this album has the most distinct and clean sound. A true paradise of (I assume) mostly digital synths IN YOUR FACE. With arrangements so full and perfected down to the smallest details, and there's tons of them. And the melodies do not suffer or come in second. It all adds up behind the sophisticated Green Gartside.

I remember giving my copy to my sister, as I thought it was too sweet sound with no enough edge to it. But I came to recollect it years later and it has stayed with me ever since. As a whole I would say it's even better than their most celebrated "Cupid and psyche".
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