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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B001J0PMDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Despite the cold hard fact that with 'Strip' the much derided Mr Ant has made one of the great pop albums, it's a staggering fact that he is still disregarded as novelty; still associated with quirk and bugs.
This is partly self-inflicted: the fully-fledged Ant-psyche took a while to emerge, and the lactic gimmickry he employed to get himself noticed then stuck to him like cancer. Some of his early followers weren't happy with the progression, while others considered that the brazen foppishness was masculinity threatening. Whatever the reason, Mr Ants credibility nose-dived faster than his nose dived; just the circumstance for true talent to re-invent itself and come firing back on all cylinders.

'Strip' is a significant, mature improvement on the excellent 'Friend or Foe.' Lush, adult pop with friction. Ant's gone from self-analysis Captain Morgan to push-the-envelope Casanova in one fell swoop. He's OBSESSED with rumpy on 'Strip.' Not one sweet, ravishing shanty goes by without twinkling Ant chancing his arm with a floozy. Kind of Jacques Brel doing 'Come On Eileen' or, even better, a risqué, lewd 'Rumours' (The similarities with the latter - both structurally and melodically - are undeniable).
He's cowing and fawning for all he's worth; wooing and enticing with his unique brand of thrusting-limbed breathlessness.

The title track, for example, instructs us in no uncertain terms that sensual people have been 'doing it' tumbling down the centuries - and that is the only reason we need to be doing it right now ! At one stage, he describes himself as "an octopus with big X-Ray eyes..," revealing the true spirit and directives of 'Strip': making lasciviousness and sexual predation unashamed and attractive.
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Format: Vinyl
It seems ironic that this album marked what was to be the beginning of a decline in Adam Ant's commercial fortunes; here we have an artist at the peak of his powers, producing melodic, funky, and stylish pop music; perhaps the BBC's high-handed banning of the title track and lead single is partly to blame, although really I guess musical tastes were starting to change and the kind of rock purveyed by the likes of U2 and Bruce Springsteen, as well as the synthesizer led product of young pretenders such as Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw, was starting to flex its muscles.
Despite what many people say, this wasn't a radical musical departure for Antmusic; the African drumming may have been toned down but it's still very much there, and the Spanish and European influences remain. Instead, what you have is a maturing of Ant's lyrical and melodic sensibilities, with the likes of Libertine, Strip, and Amazon in particular showing depth as well as panache. So a great album to revisit, and a reminder of a musical talent that burned very brightly indeed, if not for the longest of times.
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I have to say I hated this Album when it came out first. Apart from the two singles Strip and Puss n Boots I thought the rest was utter rubbish. I even gave away my first copy.
However after recently going to see Adam on his recent come back tour I decided to purchase the Album again and give another listen.
This time around, after a couple of listens it actually grew on me and its not so bad after all.
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Great great album that always cheers me up. one of the very rare albums where I love every track and best played when trying to relax, this album definitely needs to be listened to again. if this album may not be his most loved maybe he was delivering pearl to swines if punk fans couldn't go along with it and just enjoy a different kind of album that has heart and soul.

strip, vanity, playboy and amazon my faves but the b side kiss the drummer is beautiful too.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is a little drab and unremarkable frankly - not words you'd normally associate with the flamboyant Adam.

In my opinion the 2 singles Strip and Puss n Boots ( particularly the first ) are the standouts. Some of the others are so bashful musically ( if not lyrically ) as to dilute everything Ant stood for - dynamic drumming, swaggering confidence and boundless energy and enthusiasm.

Despite a pick-up ( no pun intended ) on side 2, this is a disappointment.
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Format: Audio CD
This is an album unlike Ant before. Some may say it marks the end Ant music as we've come to know and love but it also marks Ant at the pinnacle of his musical career never to be repeated since, though coming close with the much later album - 'Wonderful'.
Some powerful rhythms, a stronger bias to melodies and a consistently clean and tight sound. This is a must for any 80's music fans - enjoy. SR
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Be careful with this one - it's rather a weak album. The two singles, Puss'n'Boots and Strip, are pretty strong, and there's one further great song, called Spanish Games. Everything else sounds sketchy - the production is glossy but the songs underneath are barely-there at all. I suspect the muse had temporarily flown. Kings of the Wild Frontier, Friend or Foe and Dirk Wears White Sox are far stronger albums.
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