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This is an 80's masterpiece ... so go Deluxe,
This review is from: The Lexicon Of Love (Audio CD)
It's common to hear a lot of hyperbole about old albums that provided part of a soundtrack to a particular point in time and 'Lexicon of Love' falls into that category - early 80's, New Romantics, gold suits ... and all that. However, forget the nostalgia - this album really is a masterpiece. Still sounding fresh, Trevor Horn's fingerprints are all over these tracks and almost 30 years later, it's safe to say that he excelled here.
ABC's early work is a clever fusion of orchestration, complex driving basslines, the occasional trumpet and of course, intelligentsia lyrics (for example, there aren't many pop songs that contain lines such as "the law of diminishing returns" and "a mathematical equation won't describe my liaison").
On a personal level, I hadn't heard some of the album tracks here for a long time, but when I did I was once again reminded of the confused schoolboy who was struggling with exam revision and wondering where I fitted into the world (I guess I still do to an extent but that's another story).
As for the product, well you're now getting a glorious double album here (the Deluxe Edition). CD2 features 3 demo versions from 1981 (yes, they are raw, but that's what we expect from demo tapes) and 11 live tracks from a Hammersmith Odeon gig in 1982 (when the band were at their commercial peak). Altogether you're getting 31 tracks here so it's outstanding value and well worth the extra few quid compared to the standard album.