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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful debut
Before the pristine, self-concious lyrics & production values became The The's trademark, came this the original. Melodic, rythmic, grungey- impossible to pigeon hole- this is one of the very few vinyl LPs I'll replace with a CD - though the crackles on vinyl only add to the overall sound. Apparently Matt was so embarrassed by his voice he put it through loads of fx,...
Published on 20 Oct 2001 by Graham Phillips

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect any pop songs
Having just heard this album for the first time in ten years it's actually much better than I remember - which is surprising as apart from a couple of songs it used to leave me completely cold.

If you're a The The fan wondering whether to give it a try, bear in mind that it's completely different to anything else Matt Johnson ever did. Written in a pub...
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by Grev


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful debut, 20 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Burning Blue Soul (Audio CD)
Before the pristine, self-concious lyrics & production values became The The's trademark, came this the original. Melodic, rythmic, grungey- impossible to pigeon hole- this is one of the very few vinyl LPs I'll replace with a CD - though the crackles on vinyl only add to the overall sound. Apparently Matt was so embarrassed by his voice he put it through loads of fx, which just adds to the other-worldliness.. Intense, smouldering- burning blue soul
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 4AD classic reissued, 25 Aug 2001
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I can't believe nobody has reviewed this. The The can never be the band they were (Matt Johnson), since his decision to play live/go mainstream. Yes 'Dusk' is brilliant, as is 'Infected' & most of the slightly bland 'Mind Bomb'- but 'Hanky Panky'? the INXS sounding 'Naked Self'?...
Originally released as 'Burning Blue Soul' by Matt Johnson- this is now given a re-release as The The (complete with Andy Dog cover!). This, and the 'Cold Spell Ahead' single prove MJ was once a genius...Could the nice people at 4AD/Epic think about reissueing 'The Pornography of Despair'& 'Controversial Subject'?
OK, 'Burning Blue Soul' is a 5 star classic- as good as 'Soul Mining' or the tracks such as 'Mental Healing Process' or '3 orange kisses from Kazan' (the latter is closest in sound to BBS)...Wire/Wir- members/ex-member Gilbert & Lewis help out on a few tracks- the tone is close to Wire's 'I should have known better' or Newman/Lewis 'Alone' from 'A-Z'...This is a very strange sounding album- imagine a blend of Lou Reed & Tom Waits recorded on a lo-budget in a Cabaret Voltaire 'Yashar' style & you might be close...Yes, it's bleak stuff...but after many listens it will become the late night soundtrack to your lives...I s'pose it's not too far from Magazine's 'Permafrost' or Banshees/Cure. It is also close to the collaborations Johnson made with Marc Almond- with Marc & the Mambas: 'Untitled', 'Angels' & 'Your Aura' (where is this song now???)...The best song here is 'Another Boy drowning'-not as polished as the Johnny Marr The The vs the World version on 'Shades of Blue'- but possibly more charming...A classic & proof that the 80's were a lot more interesting than the monoculture of nostalgia tv will have you believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remixed, but still good, 1 Jan 2012
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I first bought this album way back in 1981, and when I listened to it, it changed my whole perception of how song writing should be. However, this album is as far as I know taken from the 1983 remixes which were not a patch on the original 81 mix. When Burning Blue Soul was re-released in 1983 the whole album was remixed for some reason, best known to Mr. Johnson. It seemed to lack something the original vinyl album had.... And i'm not the only one to moan about the 83 remixes. if I remember correctly NME also made comment and the music press in general raised a few eyebrows regarding the motive behind remixing such a *perfect* album.

in its original mix, I would have given this album 5 stars.... no problem, but in this guise?... i give it just 4. But it's still very relevent today.

if you want to hear the album in it's original form you need to seek out the original vinyl "psychedelic eye" cover release, credited to just Matt Johnson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect any pop songs, 18 Aug 2010
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Grev (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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Having just heard this album for the first time in ten years it's actually much better than I remember - which is surprising as apart from a couple of songs it used to leave me completely cold.

If you're a The The fan wondering whether to give it a try, bear in mind that it's completely different to anything else Matt Johnson ever did. Written in a pub basement, it sounds nothing like The The, being far more experimental and avant-garde, the only recognisable The The sound being his voice, and even this is buried beneath layers of effects (reputably because during the recording sessions he became convinced that he couldn't actually sing).

The overall effect creates an album of ghostly, sometimes spikey drugged out fuzz - which is ironic as he claimed to have been on nothing stronger than orange juice when he wrote it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 14 Mar 2013
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very good, iteresting to hear their earliest work. that's all have to say on the matter so i don't know why i have to keep typing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever. You must own this., 26 Sep 2010
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In my humble opinion quite simply one of the greatest albums in history. When I first heard this album back in the early 80's I was completely blown away. It is still the same today. It will remain timeless and deserves to be on a par with the likes of Sgt Peppers. Buy it, love it and thank Matt for this work of genius.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I did know the secret of the Universe, only I forgot...", 22 Aug 2009
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Sounds like an episode of 1970s nature programme
'Survival' viewed through a rain-soaked East London
night, with the occasional outburst of blank verse
proverbs from Syd Barrett, via an old kitchen sink
at the bottom of the stairs & played on a blood-stained
Telecaster.

This is a good thing.
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