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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000B94X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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origionaly released in 82,this stands testemant to the tensions of a succesful(pop) group.wanting to move away from mainstream popularity, soft cell continue their journy into the further reaches of the human condition.subsequently alienating many fans and creating many more,i would imagine "disco dollys" played it once, got scared,never to return.a brilliant album covering real issues from love,sex,prostitution,and the most exhausting,frightening and powerful track "martin",which i dare you to play loud with the lights off.this album shows marc and dave at a creative pitch before it all collapses,and as with other soft cell/solo work becomes and continues to be a soundtrack for life.(apart from track 9-program out!!)
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Soft Cell, as Marc Almond's classic memoir 'Tainted Life' demonstrates, really went through the rock'n'roll cliches - following their classic debut 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' they voyaged to New York and recorded the ecstasy influenced 'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' (preceding New Order's work in that territory)and the classic single 'Torch.' Almond appeared to be having problems with being a pop-star, something underlined by the patchy cover of 'What?' and his darker work with Marc and the Mambas (1982's 'Untitled'). 'The Art of Falling Apart' (whose title has been borrowed for a novel...) is probably the definitive Cell album - I think it's a better record than 'Cabaret' and it's less brutal than the anti-Cell LP 'This Last Night...in Sodom.' The classic Almond/Ball sounds and themes are here - 'Forever the Same' advancing on 'Frustration' and 'Chips on My Shoulder' and predicting the territory explored by Flowered Up ('Weekender'), The Streets and much Britpop. Why wasn't it a single? The two singles were fantastic - 'Where the Heart Is' like a Balearic-Smiths, while 'Numbers' (whose title stems from John Rechy's novel of the same name) is like a squelchy synth take on Lou Reed, the "body one, body two..." theme taking on a different hue in the post HIV-world (kind of reminds me of elements of 'The Line of Beauty' too).

'Heat' shows the darker side of the Cell, the lyrics seem very Tennesse Williams (I picked that up from that nice Soft Cell book I've mislaid!) while the music is not far from the second Suicide album. 'Kitchen Sink Drama' is kind of ironic and taps into the themes of suburbia Almond and Ball had explored previously. The decadent world they were descending into is beginning to over-take (this would dominate '...
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I completely concur with Jason's review of Soft Cell's difficult second album. If those seduced by Tainted Love were repulsed by some of the darkness on this album, they passed on an album which, even though it's slightly more uneven than Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, is still pretty good anyway.

Stand-out tracks? Where The Heart Is, Almond's autobiographical tale of a dysfunctional childhood, the opener Forever The Same and Loving You, Hating Me. The album shows Soft Cell broadening their sonic and creative palette a good deal and nothing really prepares you for Martin which is a pretty harrowing track. As for the Hendrix medley...well, I like to think they were taking the mick a bit but then they had a large appetite for that and
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All in all, I find this album a lot more dynamic and deeper than their debut album, even though NSEC was a decent album in its day. I have to admit that I have not yet bought or listened to their second album.
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At first listen I wasn't sure ,However it grows and with the extra tracks this is a Must Buy. You can hear where Marc would start to lean towards more of the Torch singing ,he became known for ,alongside the more familiar Sleazy electronic vibe of yore.
"Its a Mugs Game " can't help but bring a smile to my face.
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A perfect album for those days when you just feel as if the next person who says the wrong thing is going to get some ...

... you just have to be in the right mood to listen to it - deifinitely not going out party music :)
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As usual excellent non stop 80s classic. Loves this album in its day, but had on cassette only. Cd was on my to buy list. This album plus non-stop erotic cabaret are classics.
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