When Soft Cell released Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002 it was their first album in 18 years. Therefore, people didn’t seem to rate alongside the rest of their catalogue. It has been regarded by those in the know as an underrated classic and is seemingly particularly relevant in the world we find ourselves in now. Cruelty Without Beauty (2020 Extended Mixes) features six tracks from the original album remixed and extended.
A limited edition 7” vinyl accompanying a photo-book entitled ‘To Show You I’ve Been There’, ‘Magick Mutants’ consists of four previously unreleased tracks by synthpop duo Soft Cell. Three cuts are re-workings of very early Soft Cell numbers - ‘Bleak Is My Favourite Cliche’, ‘Science Fiction Stories’ and ‘The Girl With The Patent Leather Face’ - and the other is a cover of Fad Gadget’s 1979 hit ‘Back To Nature’. All are edits.
Released 18 years after Marc Almond and Dave Ball originally disintegrated their creative partnership, 2002’s Cruelty Without Beauty marked the reunion of Soft Cell. As they prepare for their second reunification and a fifth studio album set for release in 2021, Big Frock re-issues the album as a double-CD package, with unreleased and rare tracks, and a heavyweight pink vinyl.