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The epitome of 'Lost Classic',
This review is from: The Wrong People (Audio CD)
When Furniture appeared seemingly out of nowhere with Brilliant Mind and this album in 1986, I was inclined to see them as the only real competition to The Smiths in terms of a British band capable of great wit, intelligence and emotional depth with a distinctive style and top notch songs. And with better singing. It's debatable even as to whether The Smiths ever produced anything as cohesive as The Wrong People, never mind at their first attempt at a full length album. While the bonus B-sides, remixes and particularly unreleased demos are all welcome, it is the original long player that more than justifies the purchase. Barely recognisable as a product of the 80s, every track stands up well today. Never have jazz rhythms, melodies and inflections been married to pop music in such a palatable way (we are not talking Simply Red here). Occasionally veering on avant garde like the cacophonous sections of the single, anchored to fantastic tunes and lyrics that ring so true they border on painful, it's still a gripping listen. I take the meaning of the title to be about falling in love with the wrong people but there's black humour in all but most despairing tracks and the album proper ends on an upbeat resolution. I'm inclined to agree with most fans that the astonishing centrepiece She Gets Out The Scrapbook is the standout track but I am yet to hear a better opening salvo to an album than the first 6 tracks here. Comparisons are difficult so the best thing is to say that if you liked Brilliant Mind there are an embarrassment of riches to be discovered herein.