1986's INFECTED, the second official The The album, is the sound of main-man Matt Johnson really coming into his own. The record is a combination of the full-on flowering of Johnson's claustrophobic, paranoid loathing, a beat you can dance to, and lyrics that, while disturbing, are never delivered solely for sheer shock value. Collectors should note that a 1987 compilation of eight videos, one for each album track, contains slightly different versions of the songs.
While metal scrapes in the background and a guitar skitters, the narrator of "Out of the Blue (Into the Fire)" attempts to reinforce his own self-worth by engaging in sex with a prostitute. "Sweet Bird of Truth", set to a thudding beat and jittering saxophone, chronicles the last moments of a military transport plane before it crashes. "Slow Train to Dawn" examines a relationship between a man and woman (a duet with Neneh Cherry), who, though unable to communicate, talk endlessly, while a horn section blares the night away. Also of note are the punchy album opener, "Infected", and "Twilight of a Champion", both of which suggest a more commercially conscious version of Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel, while setting their own, subversive course.
1. "Infected" - 4:49
2. "Out of the Blue (Into the Fire)" - 5:10
3. "Heartland" - 5:01
4. "Angels of Deception" - 4:37
5. "Sweet Bird of Truth" - 5:22
6. "Slow Train to Dawn" - 4:14
7. "Twilight of a Champion" - 4:22
8. "The Mercy Beat" - 7:22
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