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Soul Mining

The The

1983

Soul Mining

Album Summary

Soul Mining is the debut album by British post-punk/synth-pop band the The (the 1981 album Burning Blue Soul was originally released by the band's frontman Matt Johnson as a solo album, but later reissues credited it to the The). After a bidding war between major record labels which resulted in the group signing with CBS Records, Johnson began recording the album in New York City, but the initial recording sessions were aborted after the album's first two singles and Johnson returned to London where he wrote and recorded the rest of the record. Musically, Soul Mining is a post-punk and synth-pop album with influences of the early 1980s New York club scene, while Johnson's lyrics focus on relationship insecurities and social alienation, with imagery derived from dreams. Soul Mining was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 1983 on Some Bizzare Records/Epic Records and included versions of the singles "Uncertain Smile", "Perfect", and "This Is the Day". Although the album received positive reviews, its initial sales were modest, reaching number 27 in the UK and charting in a number of other countries, but in 2019 the album was certified gold in the UK. Soul Mining was reissued in June 2014 as a two-disc 30th anniversary deluxe version on vinyl, attracting retrospective reviews which universally praised the record, with critics describing it as both Johnson's best work and one of the best albums of the 1980s.

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3.19

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5222

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Shades of poppy, industrial, and folksy. The piano solo in Uncertain Smile one amazing moment in an album fill of them. This Aussie gives Soul Mining five shit hot burgers from Hungry Jack's out of five

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

I've always liked The The, but only knew "This is the Day". This album did not disappoint, there's a lot of gems here, and some jammy drawn out songs, which I always enjoy!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Highlights - This Is The Day, Uncertain Smile. This album is magical from start to finish, though the opening track (I've been Waitin' for Tomorrow) is a bit tough to get through...it's long and meandering, almost pointless as verses stretch a little to far...and that's the whole point...It's the price of admission to a goofy, introspective trip that is sure to delight.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

loved it forever

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Loved it

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

This is fantastic. How have I never heard this before? Incredible synth pop/new wave throughout.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

I really love this record, and every song brings something unique and amazing. The first two songs are an absolute banger back2back. A true gem that I'd never have listened to otherwise.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

A classic, sounds better with time

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Tue May 04 2021
5

unexpectedly great

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Boy, the chorus for "This is the Day" sure hits different when it's not being taken out of context to sell you a car or whatever the commercial I recognize it from was shilling. Tears for Fears already made me a sucker for downer lyrics over upbeat music, and this miserable motherfucker is just full of energy. Perfectly paced, too; day lyrically turns to night to mark the end of the first side and continues in the following song, priming you for the title track's sparse, lethargic sound. I liked the album enough to opt into the bonus track included on the CD version (tacked on unbeknownst to frontman Matt Johnson), which turned out to be a mistake, as one more introspective song is the exact amount needed to go from "cohesive album about isolation and stagnation" to "get over yourself." Frontman Matt Johnson insisted on its removal in future releases. Good call. Key Tracks: I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life), Soul Mining, Giant

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

I could say I've been waiting for this album all of my life, but that would be lying. But only because I've had it for so long! (What a song, though!) I love The The: for the lyrics that seem to have been written by me (the version of me that can write) and about me, as well as for the creative music (those solos in Uncertain Smile or Giant). Most of all, it's probably the insight gained from someone (Matt Johnson) whose view of the world seems so similar to mine. It's hard for me to convey, but it really does feel like songs written about my most intimate thoughts and experiences. You could argue I grew up with this album. I'd argue it's a hell of an album to grow up with.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Now THIS is some delicious 80's cheese. Fun, boppin, synthy, even atmospheric at times. Just jammed with jams.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Fucking brilliant! The The are criminally underrated and unknown, but they deserve so much more recognition for their powerful, innovative, unique music. This album in particular is a true standout gem of the 80's. It is daring and experimental but also pop as hell somehow. This Is The Day is a heartbreakingly beautiful song; the sentiments expressed in it are both sadly nostalgic and willfully optimistic at the same time. It speaks directly to my soul and calls up an exquisite ache that I'm addicted to. I adore that rich contrast in tone and meaning all of these songs seem to have. This album is endlessly listenable, I get something new from it every time I put it on. It challenges the listener, but it also excites and inspires too. It's just so fucking good, I love it!

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Stronger than the followup musically, though I prefer that record's lyrical themes. Those on display here aren't camp, though I'm tempted to use that word; There's a definite theater taste, coming I assume out of the New York influence. The instrumentation is all over the place: Violin, even electric, gets its obligatory shoutout and the record comes together as it arises and fades back into fuzz muck.

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

Man, this is some seriously angsty shit. I hope this guy finds what he's looking for. In the meantime, I'm going to recommend that he stay away from drugs. Best track: Uncertain Smile

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

This is the kind of album absolutely surprising! I don't know the band, I never listened to anything from them, The name was strange, the first song is catchy but not so special, but when the album ends it looks like something different happened. What I listened here? A simple post-punk album? Why this band is so underground? More people should listen to it. Well, for me it's something that I'll sure listen to again in the future and hope that more people know it

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

"I'm just a symptom of the moral decay that's gnawing at the heart of the country." It absolutely should not be a catchy line to sing along with... but it is. It forms the heart of "The Sinking Feeling", a typically nihilistic song by Matt Johnson. The The's debut album scorches through its runtime with a mixture of bitter irony and honest despair. While lyrically dark and dense, the music is upbeat, catchy and even euphoric. "This Is The Day" is a world-class song: it's a work of soaring cynicism that wields a bright and cheerful accordion hook like a plastic umbrella in a cocktail of bourbon and broken glass. Elsewhere, "Waiting for Tomorrow (All of My Life)" summarises the mid 20's angst at the heart of the record's philosophy, with a glorious bassline to boot. "Uncertain Smile" treated the world to a virtuosic three minute Jools Holland piano solo, while everyone was still lucky enough not to know what a Hootenanny was. While "Soul Mining" and "The Twilight Hour" bring the pace down slightly too far into maudlin navel-gazing, "Giant" more than makes up for it. Nine and a half minutes with just four chords and limited words, but its a masterclass in pacing. Its lengthy outro presents a repeeated "yeah yeah yeah" chant and an elephantine wall of percussion, which lead the way in a reprisal of each layer of sound. It's "Hey Jude" for the twisted post-punk generation... and its wonderful.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

Although The The's first album barely hinted at the experimentalism of later records like Infected and Mind Bomb, Matt Johnson crafted a pleasant set of dance-pop on the group's Soul Mining debut.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
1

Grooves as flat, hooks as ignorable, instrumentals as uninspiring, and weirdo vocals as amateurish as the last one. Only thing that's changed is I'm getting the sense he's a bit of a curmudgeon, which makes me even less favourable.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

top notch new wave

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Very special! Loved It

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Excelente disco. Tiene un sonido potente y sus varios moods equilibrados. Mis favs: "This Is The Day", "Uncertain Smile" y "Giant". 10/10

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Otro de mis discos favoritos. Cima del pop.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Cool sound! Sounds like it could be the inspiration for modern punk sound.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Den skiva her svinger

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Where's this been all my life?!?!?!

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

This album is awesome. Is it post-punk? Industrial? I don't know but I love it. Some tracks are sparse and minimalist. Others are a waterfall of sound.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

A true gem. This album is the best of New wave. Great lyrics too. A must listen

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Very cool and ahead of it's time. Less kitschy than Gary Newman.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Lyrics are nice. The sound is kind of slouchy and sleepy. Idk. I'm new to this so I will give it more time to settle in.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Great synth rock vibes on this one

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Fri May 20 2022
5

I was blown away by this record when I first heard it in college radio days in the mid-to-late ‘80s and I’m even more impressed at how well it’s stood up. Soul Mining avoids all the excess and cliche of the era. It’s dramatic and cinematic; new wave-y, but not self-consciously so; it’s politically committed and serious-minded, but not humorless; it’s emotionally rich and balanced and musically intriguing. “This Is the Day” is a first-rate pop song and “Uncertain Smile” a higher-order musical event, truly one for the ages with an all-time great piano solo (I ran right for the extended 9+ minute mix after hearing it here for the first time in ages). “The Twilight Hour” and “Giant” are also hugely engaging and very impressive tracks (but generally, little-known). So good, with bonus points for reconnecting me to my youth.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

The perfect The The album, still like it very much. Just noticed that some months ago for some reason I rated Infected with only three stars. I have now listened to that album again as well and am surprised. I still think it is not as good as Soul Mining but I should have given that album four stars.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

First time listening to this band - liked it nice clear vocals but billy bragg meets pop - more please

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Classic 80's sound but somehow futuristic with some synthwave vibes. Easy to pickup and loads of replayability. Superb

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Awesome from start to finish!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Very different than what I have heard, and the opening song was not my favorite, but everything else was amazing.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Like if Bowie leaned hard into post-punk. I really liked it.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Has to be a 5 with an album cover like that and the piano solo on Uncertain Smile.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Brilliant

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Fri Nov 27 2020
4

Way ahead of its time. Poetry in paranoia!

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

Pretty cool, pretty vibey. Surprised I hadn’t heard of it before.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Deep groove Synth-pop with melodies to spare. Lyrically powerful & self absorbed... in a good way.

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Mon Nov 02 2020
4

pretty typical 80s sounds but expertly done. Uncertain Smile is unreal

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Neat!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Really liked it. Had never heard of them before. Loved The Sinking Feeling and a lot more - liked the vibe quite a bit. Might check out more of the artist sometime later maybe.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

1. Really cool drums and synth, really like the boom of the drums. Funky, reminds me of GUM's Television Sick. Solid album intro. 2. Like the arpeggiated synth, as well as the 'accordion' synth. Good vocals, the song is just plain good. 3. Weird and interesting synth at the start, sounds cool. The flanged out guitar in the chorus sounds nice too, as well as the leading synth. The guitar work is nice and additive. The distorted guitar is cool. 4. The guitar is cool, as well as the bass. Has a nice rhythm and momentum. The piano pops off and goes ham. 5. Pretty cool, percussion is interesting. 6. Phaser guitar is awesome, the eerie synth is nice too. The quiet guitar is really nice. Probably my favorite song on the album. The synth at 3:00 is really cool. I like how the song builds up as it goes on. 7. Mallets are pretty cool, as well as the unusual percussion. The synth is really interesting throughout the song, and I think its a strong finish to the entire album.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

love the album cover. Never listened to this before, but knew some of the singles, "this is the day" is an amazing song, bittersweet and nostalgic (although I have no history with it) also love "giant"

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Strange that I enjoyed it more than I expected. Particularly the slightly cheesy 80s stuff :)

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Didn't have super high hopes for this one but I thought it was super good! I rarely pay so much attention to the drums but they really led the way here, and the bass lines were pronounced and funky, so i was a big fan!

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Mon May 24 2021
4

I actually really liked this, would definitely relisten. High 8

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Mon May 24 2021
4

this was really fun! the vocals leave a little to be desired but it's cool, catchy synth pop music with interesting lyrics. also i like the accordion. 8/10

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

This is a really good album. It's actually really good for getting work done to because it's not too in-your-face but it's not just background music. And damn, the piano solo on Uncertain Smile is great. My only criticism is that it isn't always the most interesting but I would never say that it's bad Favorite Songs: I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life), This Is the Day, Uncertain Smile, The Twilight Hour, Giant Decent 8/10

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

He cool

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

I'd say this is a 3.5. Some really great songs, a lot of howling pain!

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Excellent ! Sonne vraiment unique ! très belle découverte. Fav : Soul mining

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

loved it. some really interesting composition stuff and the dark introspective lyrics were delightful. well, maybe delightful isn't the word...

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Excellent album. Closest to 5 stars than to 4, but I can't give it a 10/10. It's more like 9.1/10, really great.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

This is the Day

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

A tight pop album. Didnt blow me away though.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Not in my usual genre wheelhouse, but I enjoyed it. Big fan of the vocals and the way the songs build up. Only song I don’t like is The Twilight Hour. Would give it a 4.5 if cowardly half stars were allowed.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Nice, listened two it twice in a row.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Great album. 4.5/5 Fav tracks: This is the day, uncertain smile, soul mining

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Sí me gustó. Una vibra pop muy de su época. Gran inicio con Stolen Car, y la otra que me gustó fue Stars all seem to weep. Mood: los 90 ya olian a 2000

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Deferring liking this for another 10 years but will keep it closer maybe

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Tämä oli ihan tunnelmallista kasarisynailua. Pikkuisen Leijonakuningas-meininkiä mukana siellä täällä, varsinkin vikassa biisissä. The Sinking Feeling oli paras biisi parin kuuntelukierroksen perusteella.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Great new wave all throughout, and you can definitely hear the experimental aspects. Being a huge synth pop/ new wave fan, I can't believe I have never heard of The The...maybe I am not as big of a fan as I thought I was

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Dobrze raz od czasu trafic cos co potrafi calkowicie zaskoczyc, bo Soul Mining na pierwszy rzut oka zapowiadal sie jak X wyspiarskich synthowych popowych materialow, ktore juz sie przewinely przez liste, a tymaczasem mialem okazje uslyszec cos zupelnie swiezego od pana Matta Johnsona, bo banda The The, to jedynie przykrywka dla jego wlasnej tworczosci, w sensie, ze zespol nie mial stalych czlonkow tylko byli oni zmieniani w zaleznosci od potrzeb artystycznych, taka wolnosc tworcza i wyjatkowo talent do kamuflowania przemyslanej liryki na synthowych brzmienaich i przemycaniu kawalkow ktore zostawiaja cie z przemysleniami w piosenakch przy ktorych ludzie powinni tanczyc, to wlasnie majstersztyk tego materialu, plyta jest pierwszym studyjnym wydaniem w dyskografii The The, orginalna wersja ma 41 minuty na 7 trakach, gdzie najdluzszym zamykajacym kawalkiem jest giant, ktory jest ostatnim krzykiem juz prawie doomerskim plyty, how can anyone know me when I dont even know myself? takim pytaniem i odpowiedzia yeah, yeah, yeah konczy sie caly album, nie wiem jak ludzie w komentarzach pod this is the day czy i've been waitin for tomorrow uwazaja, ze jest to pocieszna muzyka z pozytywnym przeslaniem lirycznym, jak caly soul mining jest doslownie kopaniem rozpaczy, byc moze takie kopanie potrafi podniesc na duchu, ale z pewnoscia zmusza do przemyslen wywolujacych poczucie smutku i bezradnosci, w skali bloomerowo doomerowej, album to solidny kawalek rozsadnego gloomera starajacego sie przejsc na strone bloomerska, jak na traczki the sinking feeling, gdzie podmiot liryczny oswiadcza, ze jego stan jest wynikiem moralnego zepsucia jakie toczy sie przez jego kraj, czy czasy, ale jednak nie rzuca sie w otchlan doomerstwa i opiera sie latwemu rozwiazaniu, a zostaje dla jutra, bo jak mozna inaczej, ciekawe sa takze przewijajace sie watki tego co jest po zyciu, a wiec pojawia sie strach zarowno przed bogiem jak i pieklem, niezdecydowanie w tej kwestii pojawia sie kilkukrotnie, tak samo motyw bycia zaleznym od drugiej osoby, to znaczy wiazanie swojego szczescia z druga osoba chyba nigdy nie jest zdrowe, bo nawet jesli chwilowo taka wiez, to jednak nic nie moze wiecznie trwac, to motyw przewodni tytulowego kawalka oraz the twilight hour, a co do brzmienia tego post punkowo synthowego albumiku, to nie spodziewalem sie, ze tak dobrze mozna zgrac synthowe brzmienie z zywymi instrumentami, zwlaszcza jak na solowy material, pan Matt byl rowniez producentem albumiku, na liscie muzykow bioracych udzial w nagraniach widnieje 18 nazwisk, wiec ciezko stwierdzic kto na czym gral, ale z pewnoscia sluchac dosc ciekawe wykorzystanie niecodziennych instrumentow, jak akordeonu i skrzypiec na this is the day lub klawesow na giantcie, czy wiolonczeli w the twilight hour, ale calosc materialu jest spojna kompozycja, co najbardziej w budowie trakow mnie urzeklo, to to jak kazdy kawalek z osobna ma wlasny opening i rozwija sie w przeciagu trwania utworu, wykorzystanie synthezatorowych wokali na chorusach daje wrazenie, ze jeszcze ktos tu spiewa poza czlowiekiem orkiestra, a to jednak one man show, dziwne jest ze nie czuc zeby album byl z 83, gdybym mial obstawiac to strzelalbym w pozne lata 90, a tu jednak poczatek 80, co moze najbardziej zdradza pewna maniera wokalna, ale samo brzmienie instrumentali jest tak jakosciowo zmiksowane, ze nie brzmi to jak debiutancki material wlasnej produkcji, ale jak cos z mainstreamu madchestera, co do plejkowych traczkow, to dodam najpopularniejszy kawalek z albumu czyli tak niezrozumiany this is the day i the sinking feeling, a caly album laduje na poleczce spotifajowej piczkow o wyjatkowej jakosci

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Great album - only knew a couple of the tracks - will definitely listen to again. Good for a hot Saturday morning listen

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

This is the Day is one of my favorite alternative songs of all time. The album is pretty strong with a unique cool casual vibe. Definitely the peak of The The offerings.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Pop-punk raruno. No está mal.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

well, that was...i dunno, fine? i remember back in the late 80s, i had a boss who really liked them, in particular that johnny marr was on whatever album he was listening to. but that wasn't to happen for years yet. anyway, i liked this. it ended up just being kinda a background soundtrack while i worked, but for that it was just fine.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Great album - This is The Day is a standout track, but it's all excellent.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

No conocía al grupo, buena música como para poner de fondo mientras se avanza el trabajo (así lo escuche).

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

groovy 80s mad compressed reverb drums !

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

I knew very little about The The prior to listening, but this was a very pleasant surprise. Shades of Nu-romantics, very much in keeping with my impression of the early 80s, and some interesting lyrical themes.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

In the early 80s when punk was fading and new wave synth pop was ascending, we got this brilliant post-punk debut album by the The. It perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the era: angsty despair, fear and paranoia, but held together by deep danceable percussion and bass beats. Pretty much every song on this album is killer, the singles are well known but my favourite has to be Giant, especially how it ends with its astonishing tribal percussion and chanting. This is one of my absolute favourite albums from this era, right up there with the best material produced by The Cure and that's saying a lot.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

I have a soft spot for artists who rebel against the music industry. These guys did it with the band name. They also made some good songs to dance to that weren't dance music.  The album kicks off and finishes strong  w "I've been waiting . . ." and "Giant" both edgy uptempo songs. "This is the Day '' and "Uncertain Smile",  the two most well known songs on this album,  are beasts. On "This is the Day" the lyrics don't start until the one minute mark but it works. Doing this with the single again shows their rebellious side. Of the two big songs, I probably like the songwriting better on This is the Day but the 3+ minute piano solo on Uncertain Smile is killer.  The singing skills are nothing to write home about but I find they work well with the storytelling nature of the lyrics. I recall having some The The on vinyl but don't remember what I had and didn't feel like basement dwelling to dig it up. It had "Perfect Day" a great song w the words "Oh what a perfect day to think about myself . . . "  I can't find that song on Spotify. Too bad. It was another beast.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Fine.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Amazing new wave album. Incredible voice. 8/10 1. Perfect 2. This is the Day 3. I've Been Waiting for Tomorrow (All of My Life)

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Grato descubrimiento. Post-punksynth-pop

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Matt Johnsin hit a home run with This is the Day, a perfect slice of 80s alternative pop. It has all the elements; Great dance floor beat, catchy sing along chorus, beautiful melodic synthesizer riff and a huge drum sound. Just a great song that to me still sounds fresh today. Can the rest of the album possibly measure? Well the short answer is no! But.... There are some fine tunes on here; Uncertain Smile, the title Track as well as the closer Giant. Most of the tunes go on too long and I find myself looking to skip ahead to the next one 3/4 of the way through. But I can say that each song has something to offer. Johnson's themes of life and death, heaven and hell and biblical references can get a little heavy handed but the arrangements tend to lighten the mood and help make the whole thing more accessible. 4 🌟

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Postpunk/synth pop, Matt Johnson, gribende, flydende

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

fantastisk afdæmpet poprock

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Bleak lyrics. Sounds similar to The Cure. I would buy this album.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Loving the vibes!

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Cool, arty, yet accessible

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

This album surprised me with how many songs I remembered after hearing it. I had only recognized "This is the day" but "Uncertain Smile" and "Giant" also rang a bell after hearing them again. It sounds very much of its time, but it's a standout example of what made this music fun and interesting.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

4.5/5. Very solid nu-wave/synthpop. Will def check more out

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did!

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Great 80s pick. Holds up well considering the era it came from. Favorites: "I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow", "This Is the Day", "Uncertain Smile"

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Pretty fun

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

knocking 80's percussion, bold synth leads and driving, funky bass lines. All under a drole english delivery. it's interesting new wave.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Groovy, lovely pop, slipping in to the listening lugs so comfortably.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Never heard of the band before. The type of music is right down my alley, I really like 80's synthpop and this album is a nice example of the genre. Outspoken basslines and off course the synth. Easy to listen to and very enjoyable.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Good 80s vibe, long songs put me off a little! Exactly the sort of album I was hoping to find with this project.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Great album!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Ooh - this was good. Really sounds like a one-man job, lots of well constructed tunes with nice bass and synth lines. Piano on Uncertain Smile is just fantastic.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

I could never keep track of all the faceless 80's new wave bands. I would hear a song on the radio and couldn't tell you if it was the The, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, A-Ha, or any number of other bands. I usually liked the music, just couldn't distinguish who was who. Listening to this album though, it seems to me the The was probably one of the better bands to come out of that era. Really solid songs, enjoyed it very much. 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

This is a strikingly good debut album. While the ideas are not as well developed as on later releases, this album showcases the imagery that would hit its zenith on ‘Infected.’ The synth pop is infectious and avoids much of the trappings that leave much of 80s pop sounding dated.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

An aggressive take on new wave, attempting to take back the sound while dropping anything that would make it too commercial. This record is successful in standing out from the other new wave sounds of the time. Excellently weird.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I can see why this is an 80s classic but I'd have to listen to it more for it to get to that point with me.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Very much a part of my youth and the only The The that I play regularly these days. Uncertain Smile is impossibly nostalgic for me.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Matt Johnsin hit a home run with This is the Day, a perfect slice of 80s alternative pop. It has all the elements; Great dance floor beat, catchy sing along chorus, beautiful melodic synthesizer riff and a huge drum sound. Just a great song that to me still sounds fresh today. Can the rest of the album possibly measure up? Well the short answer is no! But.... There are some fine tunes on here; Uncertain Smile, the title Track as well as the closer Giant. Most of the tunes go on too long and I find myself looking to skip ahead to the next one 3/4 of the way through. But I can say that each song has something to offer. Johnson's themes of life and death, heaven and hell and biblical references can get a little heavy handed but the arrangements tend to lighten the mood and help make the whole thing more accessible. 4 🌟

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Matt Johnson was/is an interesting artist. I bought Uncertain Smile as a 12 inch single on St. Marks Place in NYC – the go-to place for imports back in the day. I thought it was great then and it still holds up well for me. The Jools Holland solo is awesome. The rest of the disc is not at good, but still a solid listen. An arty Thompson Twins, Matt Johnson’s influence was immediate. This disc could be a John Hughes soundtrack.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I honestly enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Definitely better than the other The The album I had on the list

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Znam za ovaj album, ali me opet iznenadio koliko je drugačiji nego što ga se sjećam. Veliki osjećaj new wave-a i synth popa upakiran sa ritmičnim pjesmama.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Definitely not what I expected, but not at all disappointed either.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Like Infected, the other The The album we've had, this one is also very good, although it lacks a top standout track such as "Heartland". In terms of songwriting, it's absolutely top notch post-punk / dark synth pop. Might even be five stars if the mixing were better.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Grato descubrimiento. Post-punksynth-pop

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Tue May 24 2022
4

De souvenir, ces gars-là ont livré une performance plus que correcte même si les bégaiements à outrance m'ont beaucoup agacé. J'ai d'ailleurs horreur de parler avec des gens qui bégaient. En revanche, j'adore discuter avec les personnes qui articulent de manière fluide. Les goûts et les couleurs...

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Mon May 30 2022
4

the the!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

I went on a proper journey with this album - hated the start of it but that was turned around with the absolute classic "This is the day" - and by the end of "Giant" I was singing along to it - I think I'll be revisiting this one for another go.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Never heard of the the before but I was pleasantly surprised. There music is very different and I very much enjoyed the album. Killer music in the background

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

The The! Didn't expect you guys to show up. Always creative, always fun. Something a lot of these artsy post punk bands forget when they are pushing the envelope is that they should still be enjoyable to listen to.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

I came to this album late - let's say 30 years... Classic of the UK '80s.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

Never heard this before but thought it was great. Constantly interesting sound without getting distracting from the songs

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

"Life is like a sewer And I'm trying to wade thru her" Lead-off track (I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow) is an uncomplicated banger. Second track (This Is the Day) is soulful and melancholic and still fun (accordion! claps!). I had never heard of Matt Johnson until today but I already feel like he's a *good* songwriter. Look no further than the plinking poppy guitar accentuating The Sinking Feeling around lines like: "The path of least resistance Leads to the garbage heap of despair" The super interesting and jazzy melodic solos in Uncertain Smile are, I think, representative of the whole mood of this album: dancing the night away with cool people while the world falls to pieces outside. It's energetic, it's erotic, it's disorienting, it's a great time, it's menacing and almost sinister (Soul Mining). Like Johnson sings over the irresistible escalating percussion in Giant: "I'm a stranger to myself And nobody knows I'm here When I looked into my face It wasn't myself I'd seen But who I've tried to be" The chants go on for so long you really do lose yourself. This is maybe what the 80s felt like. Twilight Hour is self-indulgent and weirdly overwrought and keeps this short of 5 stars for me. Other than this misstep, a very enjoyable album.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

80s albums suffer badly in my rating. I love the era for pop singles. But, largely, the albums from the Human League to A-ha are unbearable. This however has guile, and certainly doesn't sound dated. I need to explore this guys body of work. well crafted songs with curiously intense lyrics. 4.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Liked this a lot, something interesting going on with the drums, particularly on the last track. Nice past discovery.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Innovative and interesting

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Love The The. This isn’t my favourite album, not least cos of the 80sness of it, but it’s full of gems.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Good punk album, tells a story through the tracks.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I have never heard of this band before and the album wasn't bad, though at this moment I am struggling to recall it. However because the band's name is The The I cannot go lower than 4 stars!

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Synth-Pop that sticks out from the rest of the New Wave albums due to the unique addition of elements such as an organ, a gospel choir, a piano solo. A for effort and creativity

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Really, really cool album. First track plays hopscotch with the "weird vibe that's genuinely interesting"-"weird for the sake of being weird" line, but all the others nail the genuinely interesting side of it for me. Very much enjoyed this album. Favorite tracks: Uncertain Smile, Giant

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

I've been waitin' for tomorrow - starts off with a heavy beat, gradually builds. Solid start This is the day - jarring between upbeat tempo and quite depressing lyrics👍 The sinking feeling- I love angst👍 Uncertain smile - just okay for me, lengthy piano solo The twilight hour - really like lyrical themes here👍 Soul mining- bit more low key with fun instrumental👍 Giant - v long repetitive Outro Perfect- going to rate this one even though it's contentious. Instrumental 👍 I'm interested in revisiting this album, seems like it could get better with afew relistens. For now, 4/5

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Great post punk album, insane piano solo on "uncertain smile", lyrics angsty as shit but great.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

This is the Day and Uncertain Smile still sound fresh after almost 40 years. Classic early 80s post punk.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

New wave

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Great stuff. Not incredible, but I had a good time.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

I wasn't expecting anything but this was great. Now I need to check out their other albums.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

This was a good album. It was very intriguing to me I heard a lot of things I like and I look forward to listening to it again to try to pick out even more interesting sections.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

ja men det här var bra. andra låten var nog bäst

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

There really isn’t a songwriter quite like Matt Johnson. True to the title of this record, he combs the depths of misanthropic despair and constructs some of the most sardonic (yet still fleetingly hopeful) pop gems. This is a totally unique record, the kind which covers a mass of musical territory without ever sounding incoherent or superficial. The full gambit of Arabian scales and pounding dance rhythms is on offer here, and it’s all held together by Matt Johnson’s keen ear for a tune. The two soaring singles, “This is the Day” and “Uncertain Smile”, are far and away the highlights of this record and embody everything which makes The The one of the most special groups in the British indie canon. I would even go so far as to say they are two of the greatest songs of the 1980s. But that’s not to diminish tracks like the infectious ear worm “Giant” or the nihilistic cynicism espoused on “That Sinking Feeling”. It’s such a great record, but it does have a couple of flaws. The album is definitely a bit front-loaded in terms of its memorable tracks, and never really picks up the momentum in the latter half. As an album it’s a frustrating listen in this regard, at least to my ear. Their follow-up, Infected, rectifies this and serves as a much more rewarding listen in the one sitting. I adore the single “Perfect” but even then I’m not sure it’s inclusion in the original running order would have been fitting. Nevertheless, I can’t detract too much from this record. It’s a standout album and one which I treasure in my collection.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Interesting

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Pretty good new age album, enjoyed the listens!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

A real unique and interesting listen. Quite the surprise!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I didn't know what I was expecting from this album bit I was pleasantly surprised, each song was very good. I didn't get bored and I'm definitely listening to this again

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

This is brilliant post punk synth pop, really captivating music, sonically interesting, with great energy and rhythm.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

marred only by some filler and 80s production

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Pretty awesome debut album. Post-punk / synth pop and a good listen from beginning to end.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Grew on me.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

really liked this one. added it to my library as well. i hope it becomes a staple in my listening activities

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Thu Sep 10 2020
3

Jammin'.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

Very good album. Very 80s, but in a good way. Not all the songs hit, but the ones that do hit hard. Reminds me a bit of New Order.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
3

I had heard of this band because of their association with Johnny Marr. Didn't think this album was anything particularly special.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Solid and the album art reminds me of the ‘jazz’ paper cups

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Ganz gut. 80er

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

I was really excited to listen to this album after reading the description, since I'm generally a fan of both postpunk and synthpop. This album never really grabbed me, though. It was fine throughout, and very consistent, but most of the album passed by without me taking much notice. It felt somewhat generic, though I'm sure that would not have been true at the time of its release. Guess you had to be there 3/5

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Some reason I thought the the was a punk band , good album though

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Some interesting stuff on here.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Another post-punk album. It's quute pleasant but nothing spectacular.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Nothing incredible, but nice

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

The the keys keys were were awesome awesome. The the vocals vocals… lame lame.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

OMG This Is The Day is such a great song (thanks, Empire Records!) and I had no idea who it was!

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

New wave is great and this is a good example

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Album étrange / drôle! On dirait la musique d'un bon vieux film des années 80.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

'This is the Day' is a banger

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Post-punk, but poppy! I didn't like that much at first listen - I guess I prefer my post-punk angry or angsty or depressed. On second listen I caught more of the lyrics, and they seemed pretty angsty after all - the poppiness is a veneer over the top. Fave track - "I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)" maybe, as it sounds like very early industrial music. Or possibly "The Thinking Feeling" as that's the song where the lyrics clicked for me....

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

Nice post-punk vibes

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

false

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

I've heard This is the Day! It's the opening song to one of Amy Schumer's movies. I feel like all my reviews have been 2s or 3s lately. This was also "fine"

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Kinda boring, interesting electronic sounds but nothing that stood out. 6

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

millor del que em pensava... bon piano i bons ritmes... no és el meu estil per això... la cançó soul mining es bona...

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

interesting and nothing i have heard before. i liked it but not sure i would listen to it again.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Fun vibes

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Mon May 24 2021
3

6/10. Seemed fairly bland, but I was not paying the closest attention.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

I kinda like this ( possibly because it reminds me of Nick Cave in places). Which is weird. As its quite electronic and I don't usually like that. It doesn't really have any catchy hooks which i usually need. But I found myself enjoying it without loving it. 3/5

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

it was pretty good, like definitely some solid 80s synth going on, but idk if we really needed to hear this album.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

kind of weird, but not in a bad way

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Not massively memorable. Think it was good at the time.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Like “This is the Day” a lot. Mostly just ok but I feel like it’s something I could come back to.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

I don’t recall the band but I quite enjoyed the album. ***

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Sat Feb 20 2021
3

Decent for never hearing of this group before.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Nice flow. Seemed like every song could be used in a john Hughes movie.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

3.5/5 maybe good, will have to relisten

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

This album was OK but slightly irritating

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Surprisingly good, the few first tracks especially. I needed a bit of time to digest this one

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Moderately enjoyable. Not nostalgic.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Capolavoro di Matt Johnson

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

This whole album can be summed up as really meaningful lyrics (mainly about mental health) set over some super basic synthy tracks. Most of the songs are way too long and this isn't a very melodic album. I'll give it 3 stars because the lyrics are insanely good- ahead of their time, quite honestly- but the music is just too plodding for me.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Listened to "This Is the Day" only so far, liked it and will listen to more on Monday. Cool cover art. I completed level 517 of Project Makeover while listening!

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Irgendwie doch ganz cool

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

For some reason I thought The The were a prog rock band. But it seems like standard 80s pop. Pretty listenable but not sure if I'd spin it again.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

One-hit wonder, but there's actually more going on here after repeated listening. Still, if this album is on here, and Tin Machine isn't, ima be pissed.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Generally enjoyable synth-pop. Not too sugary, some analog touches (accordion!), some interesting arrangements.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Interesting

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

It took me until well after I listened to this album to realise that this wasn't another album by Talk Talk.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

it was alright good

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Not bad. 80s pop. Unremarkable past that.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

too indulgent to be punk and not catchy enough to be pop, great aesthetics and sound somewhat let down by meandering compositions

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Il 3 che do a questo disco non significa mediocrità perché l’ho trovato tutt’altro che comune e noioso però non posso allo stesso tempo dire che mi sia piaciuto. Ci sono molte idee musicali e di produzione interessanti che però spesso sono arrangiate in maniera disordinata. I testi mi sono sembrati non banali però interpretati non al meglio nello stile. Sono curioso di sentire altri dischi.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Un altro disco impegnativo da votare. L'ho ascoltato due volte e non riesco a farmi un'idea. A tratti penso che è geniale a tratti penso che è banale o troppo eccessivo. A tratti mi sembra avere suoni moderni a tratti mi sembra super anni '80 e mi appalla. Non posso non apprezzare il fatto che ha una visione artistica molto definita, anche molta varietà e creatività nella composizione, però fatico a innamorarmi, ho solo un'infatuazione intellettuale. Sento che sto 3 è un voto mezzo a caso perché non trovo un voto che rappresenta la mia esperienza di ascolto con questo disco. Però 2 è poco, 4 me sembra troppo e quindi annamo de 3.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Ho ascoltato quest'album più volte, quattro per l'esattezza, e ho sempre avuto un parere positivo. Quindi parto dicendo che è un album interessante. Il problema è che non capisco bene come collocarlo perché riconosco una certa genialità ma allo stesso tempo non penso che lo riascolterò. Ho la stessa sensazione di quando provi un vestito che ti piace tanto, ma ti sta male.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Bizarre, punky, British. It’s just fine.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

this is the day *that they gonna throw it back to you* KIDDING

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Perus kasaripimputtelua. Laulajan ääni, tai ehkä ennemminkin laulutyyli, on aikakaudelle tyypillinen. Erityisesti This Is The Day -kappale miellytti korvaa, ja haitariosuudet toimivat yllättävän hyvin. Pari kappaletta tämän jälkeenkin jaksoivat pitää mielenkiinnon yllä mutta loppulevyllä taso tuntui putoavan. Ihan kiva levy, jonka arvostelu tuntuu jotenkin vaikealta. Kakkonen? Kolmonen? Kolmonen.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Interesting album. It was decent.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Este disco tiene uno de mis temas favoritos de toda la vida pero como album no llego a conectar.

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