Beauty Stab Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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ABC went on regaining commercial success with sounds in the vein of The Lexicon of Love with an added soul and campy disco flavour. It is, however, interesting that Beauty Stab is now being re-mastered for a second time, showing that some demand seems still to exist for the album (the range in the reviews indicates that it is still being debated how good Beauty Stab really is).
Instead of writing about the music in details, I concentrate on the quality of this newest Neutron Re-release. The previous re-release dates from 1997. The re-mastering of that album was decent and included an extra track, the instrumental Vertigo. The sleeve had a few short essays about the album, period. This Neutron release has improved the sound from the initial re-mastering somewhat. The high tones are clearer. The difference is definitely audible but not dramatic, hence those who own the original re-release in most cases should not upgrade to this version on a sound basis alone. The packaging has been improved, with lyrics added this time around, some of which are timeless - She's vegetarian except when it comes to sex.Read more ›
At the time, every reviewer hated this album - only because it was such a radical departure from "Lexicon of Love" - but it's ABC's finest work. A SERIOUSLY tight rhythm section (incl. Andy Newmark from Roxy Music on drums) and chunky guitars underpin superb songs (the title track is relatively well-known as the theme music from the "Montreux Rock Festival" programmes back in the '80's) and the (near) medley of Hey Citizen! & King Money followed by Bite the Hand and Unzip is just perfection.
If you like great songs that stand up to repeated listening, along with a touch of uniqueness - you could do a lot worse than have this CD in your collection.
Although "Lexicon of Love" will probably always be regarded as ABC's strongest album and did contain some classic tracks, I think this one is actually better, I just think the departure from the usual formula was a bit much to take for many "Lexicon" fans. It's darker, deeper and dare I say more than a little Roxy Music-esque in places (I was bought up listening to Roxy Music as they evolved) which in this case is no bad thing.
For me there isn't a weak track, rather that some stand out more than others - I would say for me, That Was Then This Is Now, Love's A Dangerous Language, Bite the Hand and United Kingdom are the pick of the bunch. The instrumental title track isn't bad either although it sounds in places like the intro to a programme about fast cars - maybe it has been used for something and I've forgotten???
The lyrics soon came back and I had a great sing along ("Unzip! Unzip! Unzip!")
Well worth another listen. If I could amend my review, I'd give it 5 stars.
What do you do when your first album turns you into international superstars, sends you on a global tour, ropes in Julien Temple to make a film based on said album and places you at the forefront of the new wave of British pop? Err, go back to the studio, swap the gold lame suit for a leather jacket, chuck a bit of politics into the lyrics and rock out. A critical backlash awaited. . .
While an eager public anticipated "Lexicon 2", Fry and colleagues were preparing its antithesis; a brash, raw album suffused with lyrics about the state of the UK under Thatcher and the shady ways of the advertising industry ("I sold the Eskimo snow, Built the skyline outta playdo, Persuading you that monochrome is dayglo"). Not a mention of a Poison Arrow anywhere. . .
Thing is, this is a great, great album. Compared to the sprawling cds of today, it's an economical 40 minutes, contains some solid pop melodies, a REALLY good rhythm section and perhaps three or four of ABCs finest moments.
That Was Then But This is Now is all that was needed to tell fans of Lexicon that more of the same was not going to happen ("Why make the past your sacred cow"). By the time of "Power of Persuation's" howling guitars, many would have been reaching for the off switch. More fool them - Beautystab came next - recognisable as the theme from the Montreux Pop Festival and 3 minutes of top jamming!
Some sauciness with "Unzip" ("She's vegetarian except when it comes to sex") and the dreamy SOS (a shockingly poor chart placing of 39 on its release as a single) leads to the finale and Fry's state of the nation address with "United Kingdom".Read more ›
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A neglected 80s minor classic. A harsher world than the one crooned about in Lexicon. Love them bothPublished 1 month ago by nigel smith
Although this rock influenced album is forever destined to live in the shadow of it's illustrious predecessor 'The Lexicon Of Love' and is not as immediate, it is still an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Fury Zone
This isn't Lexicon of Love, in fact you'd may think it was a completely different band. I love Lof L but also really like BS. Great guitar, great riffs, great songs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. K. White
An eclectic album by ABC (released after their first Lexicon of Love). You get rock-and-roll ("That Was Then... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carpo Collins
I love this CD with it's catchy grooves and thoughtful lyrics. It is recorded spectacularly and the musicianship is par excellence, with drums and vocals set beautifully in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by SteveZafiris
very good album a bit different from lexicon. much more rock orientatedPublished 15 months ago by marty t
Beauty Stab (1983) is the second studio album from New Wave band ABC, and the follow-up to their #1 album The Lexicon of Love (1982). Read morePublished 16 months ago by The Scribbler