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Does anyone realise just how wired & strange this record actually is? Any album that starts of with such an escalatingly animalistic slice of driving new wave experimental pop as 'Thriller' just HAS to be heard. By absolutely everyone! Intoxicatingly, restlessly inventive and inviting, this is what happens if you tip Tuxedomoon, early B-52's, Jane Birkin & Teardrop Explodes' horn section i ...

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30th anniversary transparent vinyl, gatefold reissue LP on Angular. Includes 12-page booklet.

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25th anniversary deluxe reissue, Red Vinyl in Gatefold with big lyric & photo booklet!.

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Polaroid/Roman/Photo by Ruth
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9/10 Christopher Staff review, 23 December 2010

Does anyone realise just how wired & strange this record actually is? Any album that starts of with such an escalatingly animalistic slice of driving new wave experimental pop as 'Thriller' just HAS to be heard. By absolutely everyone! Intoxicatingly, restlessly inventive and inviting, this is what happens if you tip Tuxedomoon, early B-52's, Jane Birkin & Teardrop Explodes' horn section into an avant-garde blast furnace. Immediately afterwards you get thrown the absolute slinkiest minimal-wave electro pop tune EVER in the title track. A song so sublime & sensual I feel like sobbing whilst hugging the world with joy. One eerie fucked-up cover of 'She Brings the Rain' by Can later you are seriously wondering if Ruth is some kind of Utopian propaganda unit because this album was a cruelly ignored private press flop in the midst of the Cold War, yet sounds as vital, electrifying & wholly relevant as any "electro-pop" being made today.

There are feral noises & grooves from the more reflective quarter of the industrial & post-punk fields plus much of the album is gifted with a timeless krautrock-esque pulse. Seven tunes that saunter knowingly with a verve & a freedom that is quite astounding - even on the funereal dirge-like death-rave of closer 'Tu M'ennuies'! The male vocals mingle dynamically on occasion or more often go their separate ways just as free-spiritedly! The lady intones ponderously & dreamily throughout, but always lets the music breathe - she is totally at ease. When boy and girl meet, they sound like somehow detached yet passionate strangers in a bohemian bar somewhere, chitty-chatting amongst rhythms that are both warm yet glacial; there's such an all pervading romantic atmosphere about 'Polaroid/Roman/Photo' that I can't help but feel in my bones I'll love it to death, till death. My Album of the Year, regardless of its origins. No shit! This numbered re-issue is featured in Red vinyl complete with gatefold sleeve & 12" Sq. lyric booklet including archive photos!!


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