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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass, Synths, Percussion & Proclamations, 27 Feb 2014
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This is wild and wonderful, apocalyptic Khaos, dark dark demented murder, acid, speed and death all wrapped up in a hurtling through the stale pub air slobbered over kebab at 4am as the bar has shut just that bit too early but way way too late and you eye the dregs of the losers around you while rolling a smoke through half opened watering eyes all flapping and squinting and prism soaked just like the noise mingling with the decades old patterned carpet, the wall to wall and the ear to ear meeting as the subway car screams to a halt in your pants and the wind chases up and vanishes your pathetic limp smoke and you realise you finished your whiskey, ice and all, & now the bar is closed and you still remember your name, oh no, wait, you don’t, mission accomplished. Yea, the album is kinda like being conscious when you would be better off a sheep.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Cell as they wanted it, 10 Jun 2000
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Joti Plahay (UK) - See all my reviews
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Soft Cell's fourth and last studio album, "This Last Night In Sodom" is the music that Ball and Almond wanted to make. This album reflects the results of much time spent by the band in the USA at the time and is a grittier more aggressive sound that is far removed from the pop of "Tainted Love". Choosing stand out tracks is diffcult as they are all good in their own way - "The Best Way To Kill" would be it at a push. If you've only ever heard Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Torch, etc. this will come as a real culture shock, but it reflects a period of unstability and confusion within the Almond/Ball combo which has manifested itself in a great album of angst and frustration. Fantastic, dark and moody.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Cell's messy adieu from 1984 -, 19 Nov 2005
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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'This Last Night...in Sodom' was Soft Cell's messy adieu from 1984, the result of an announced 'retirement' following Marc Almond's meltdown which involved Marc & the Mambas, a whip and a music journalist. They'd stopped having hits (ironically with two great singles 'Where the Heart Is' & 'Numbers'), Dave Ball's 'In Strict Tempo' had him record with Genesis P-Orridge and Gavin Friday, while Almond's Mambas-material was set on auto-destruct ('Catch a Fallen Star', 'A Million Manias'). Soft Cell took to murdering Suicide's 'Ghost Rider' with Foetus' Jim Thirwell , as Almond was briefly in The Immaculate Consumptives (with Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch & Thirwell) as well as guesting on Psychic TV's 'Force the Hand of Chance' (on the fantastic 'Guiltless'). Soft Cell were anti-pop here; the reformed 21st Century version of SC returned to the classic pop of 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' and much of 'The Art of Falling Apart.'
Almond & Ball were apparently aiming for a blend of amphetamines & R'N'B, opener 'Mr Self Destruct' epitomises this approach with harmonica, dirty organ as Almond seems to invite self-destruction "shooting the 'A'" and all that. 'Slave to This'is very Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV - a babble of Almond raps colliding with each other as Ball goes for an industrial sound.'Little Rough Rhinestone' meanwhile shows that Almond & Ball could still do pop if they wanted - which tracks like 'Surrender to a Stranger' & bonus-track 'Disease & Desire' similarly highlight.
The album gets darker with the Cell's darkest moment 'Meet Murder My Angel' (even darker than 'Baby Doll' & 'Martin')which has a New Order-style sound set to Almond's lyrics regarding homicide,"You're shaking all over - it's time to cross over the threshold..." and "another kind of love." Creepy stuff...'The Best Way to Kill' offers up some glam-punk, with Almond contributing 'mammoth tremhold blitz guitar' on a stomp influenced by a tabloid article on capital punishment! 'L'Esquilata' is an epic 7-minute ode to the world of the night, the music sounding like a post-punk take on 'Get Carter' while the tag-line ("We could go out to dinner, but we're always on drugs") originates from Anita Lane...
The farewell single 'Down in the Subway' covers obscure Beat-associate Jack Hammer, and is followed by the electronic-pop abandon of 'Surrender to a Stranger'- another track that could be seen as a precursor of the sleazier Depeche Mode records of the mid to late 1980s and a counterpoint to Pet Shop Boys' 'Rent.' The earlier single 'Soul Inside' remains a joy, though the epic 12"-version is even more wonderful; while the album ends on the bleak 'Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)'- which again sounds very 'Black Celebration'/'Masses'-Depeche Mode (...just a few years before!)
The bonus tracks stem from the 'Soul Inside' & 'Down in the Subway' singles and are also found on 'The Twelve Inch Singles' - 'Disease & Desire' really should have made the album proper and there's a spirited thrash through Johnny Thunders' 'Born to Lose.' The Bond-covers are curios, but the chestnut here remains the BBC-session 'Her Imagination', which remains for me one of their greatest moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is super., 9 July 2014
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I have been trying for ages to get this album in vinyl. It is super.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a finale, 23 Mar 2013
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Mr. Paul Fudge (bristol uk) - See all my reviews
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my favourite album by this band and still going strong in my opinion, a nice trip back to the eighties
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disintegration, 11 Aug 2006
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Sordel (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Soft Cell burnt fast and burnt bright. "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret" was trashy & popular, "The Art of Falling Apart" was anxious and mature, "This Last Night ..." was a train wreck at full speed. The title track here ("Slave to This") is the sound of Marc Almond sticking up his middle finger to the mainstream for five minutes while partner Dave Ball pushes the envelope of synthesizer pop: it's a mess, and seemed almost unlistenable on release.

After a gap of over twenty years, however, the freshness and ambition of the album are strangely undimmed. Minor hit "Down in the Subway" has swagger and swing, while the Spanish stylings of "L'Esqualita" anticipate the genius of Marc's "Torment and Toreros" album of the same year. Most striking of all, however, is "Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)", a fierce climax in which the bedsit traumas of the duo's early singles are brought to a near operatic pitch.

Many bands go out on a whimper; Soft Cell went out on a magnesium flare of hatred and disdain that takes some beating. It's scarcely surprising that this album has not been rehabilitated by the wave of "Dadpop" nostalgia for the eighties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark side to soft cell., 9 Oct 2013
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Mr. C. F. Kay "Barrel-rider" (cornwall) - See all my reviews
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If you think of soft cell as being a "Tainted love" one hit wonder, think again.

This album has a dark seedy side to it. Marc sings with great passion and the lyrics are a rush of pain and anguish.

Great singer, great lyrics, great songs. Perhaps their best work.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pop band still developing., 7 Nov 2013
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My least favourite of all the albums from Soft Cell - and third studio album before the split (not counting `Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' which was more of a compilation) from their earlier career. They'd become more and more way out in their style - particularly when you compare this album to their first which was full of catchy numbers `Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' (see my Review for that title) which I played to death. Consequently, this did take a while to grow on me, but I was such a fan of the duo back at the time I simply purchased everything they did, and like many good bands from that period, Soft Cell did not release a great deal of albums - and sparsely, and so one was grateful when they did and went out and bought it. This contains their last two chart singles; one of which (`Soul Inside') that became my favourite of all that they did after the classic `Say Hello, Wave Goodbye'. (original)

Some tracks took longer to get used to than others - the second of Side One of the original album `Slave To This' is simply some `chanting' over a repetitive beat - with some woman rabbiting on about lord knows what in the background, and as the track reaches its end - she becomes quite hysterical! (or at least so it sounds!!)

It's odd to note here on this album that Marc distinctly sounds as if he's recovering from a Cold and I'm surprised they didn't postpone recording sessions since it is very noticeable (and irritating) to say the least - but I guess deadlines, recording schedules and all...
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