The third album from ex-Buzzcock Howard Devoto and co. prettied the edges around their course post-punk sound. 'The Correct Use Of Soap' marries new wave with catchy post-punk and spawned the singles "Sweetheart Contract", "A Song From Under The Floorboards" and their cover of Sly & The Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". This was their final album to feature John McGeoch, who went on to play with Public Image Ltd. and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
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8/10 Jack 5th January 2018
Devoto and company originally intended this material to be released as a series of five singles (A and B sides) and not as an album (before the record label nixed the idea), so the slightly brighter, more accessible arrangements than those that the band deployed on Secondhand Daylight or Real Life may have reflected that. This is one of those albums, like Elvis Costello's first, or The Pretenders debut, that plays like it's already a greatest hits package, with "Song from Under the Floorboards" a standout. A monumental achievement, musically and lyrically.
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