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  • Audio CD (4 May 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B001S29PCI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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  • Second Layer featured Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey, founding members of ‘The Sound’. They pioneered the use of drum machines and mixed machine based soundscape with more human elements created a sound ahead of its time. After releasing a couple of singles in 1979 and 1980 they released “World of Rubber” on Cherry Red in 1981.
  • A beautiful, hard and emotional record. It contained many of the same elements as ‘The Sound’, not much of a surprise considering the line-up, but the machine element gives it a very different sound.
  • A must for ‘The Sound’ fans and for fans of the darker side of post-punk.

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If Adrian Borland got some recognition with the Sound and as a solo artist, his first project, though, passed virtually unnoticed at the time. Thirty-five years after its release, this album is rereleased along with some singles and extra takes as a double album. Anyone who is into post punk or cold wave will be fascinated by the excellence of the tracks which should have become classics. Go fot, it's a pure gem!
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been chasing this for a while and was not dissappointed brilliant album 10/10
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96a2b87c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x968a6420) out of 5 stars 2nd Layer's "World of Rubber" is still No.1. 14 July 2012
By John Max Redmond - Published on Amazon.com
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There are recordings that go down in popular music history that are deemed "unique", "legendary" and "ground breaking". Does 2nd Layer's "World of Rubber" fit into any of these categories? The answer to this question is as obscure as the roots of this remarkable work from the late Adrian Borland.
Having been introduced to this work from a fellow musician, this was a pleasant wake up call. The "can do" spirit of the late 70's was still doable.
A side project from the post punk band songwriter of The Sound, along with bassist Grahem Bailey, 2nd Layer delved into electronic post punk music territory that was at the time dominate by the likes of the Human League and Heaven 17 (both good bands).
What separates "World" from the aforementioned bands is the sheer raw approach to both songwriting and production values.
Case in point. While most production crews at the time were scrambling to figure out how to use the latest drum machine technology (LinnDrum), Bailey built his own as is evident on the track "Underneath the Glass," a hypnotic soundscape that focuses on the conflict between inner turmoil and outside pressures.
The tracks on this CD reek of honesty, energy and passion.
A prime example being "Fixation."
Two decades before the "garage grunge" sound hit mainstream playlists, this song has the dirtiest guitar riff, a mean bass line, heavily echoed vocal line and an equally textured drum track that most studios in this day and age would kill for.
The passion, energy and honesty presented in Borlain's songwriting is proof that good material comes from the heart. Not chart topping ambitions.
"World" sounds a lot like the album most musicians would love to do, but fear critical response.
If it weren't for the Cherry Red label, most fans of honest, non-mainstream music would have been denied this absolute treasure.
A stunning example of music made by musicians. Literally.
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HASH(0x96775894) out of 5 stars Everything you hoped it would be. 3 Nov. 2015
By Dylan O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is post-punk at its finest. It avoids the twin extremes of the maudlin and the self-deprecatory, as exemplified by The Chameleons and Joy Division respectively (these bands are fantastic, but they both fell prey to narcissism, that seemingly omnipresent disease of intellectuals). It's raw, it's slick, it's grainy and industrial-sounding. Yes, it's heavily indebted to earlier post-punk, but it's really authentic. Check it out. Also look up Tuxedomoon while you're at it.
HASH(0x96775ad4) out of 5 stars Part of a whole, one of a kind. 23 Oct. 2015
By Andre' Delbos - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark-wave that transcends its own genre. While I would recommend this for fans of Suicide, Bauhaus, Cabaret Voltaire or early 4AD what is most thrilling about this is how it manages to sound, as a whole, rather unique. Truly a standout in a field of music too often crowded with dreck.
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