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Cruelty Without Beauty is Dionysian synth-pop duo Soft Cell's first album since 1984. During the early 1980s, Marc Almond and Dave Ball deftly fused Suicide, Sparks, Motown, Northern Soul, Georgio Moroder and a dash of Judy Garland to form sleazy, provocatively sexual, electronic dance music. Sensibly, they've resisted the temptation to go garage or nu-metal, and with electroclash de rigeur, are remarkably, if slightly fortuitously, contemporary. Ball, the prince of synths, creates a series of electro-soundscapes ranging from minimalist to Wagnerian. Lyrically, Almond continues his exploration of the squalid underbelly of urban lives. Indeed, in the mascara-stained, Autumnal lament "Last Chance" he even provides a sequel to "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye". The opening couplet to "Whatever It Takes" ("I'm having a mid-life crisis, Behaving in strange ways, Wandering around the supermarket in a daze") is typical of the album. Almond articulates all this desperate disintegration with his endearingly wobbly warble, injecting palpable pathos, while cannily side-stepping camp melodrama. It's time to say hello again.
Darker Times
Le Grand Guignol
Last Chance
Together Alone
Whatever It Takes
All Out Of Love
Sensation Nation
Caligula Syndrome
On An Up
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Bargain...voted hot :)
99p too dear IMO
Has anyone got the gumption to mention, in detail, the 'Mark Almond Urban Myth'? :?

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