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Rip It Up

Orange Juice

1982

Rip It Up
Album Summary

Rip It Up is the second album released by Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice. It was released in 1982. This album contains their hit song of the same name, which reached the Top 10. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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2.9

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Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk

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Fri Sep 25 2020
1

This nonsense is so damn early 80s it makes my soul hurt. Bloopy synths, saxophone solos, and overly-stylized, Devo vocals are utterly cringeworthy. The lyrics are also mostly vapid. The second track is a bit of an outlier in that regard. I can hear shades of Sex Pistols here but like, if Sex Pistols had an older brother who thought he was super cool, had Flock of Seagul hair, and wore giant shades and lots of cheap cologne. The album is a mess, honestly. It can't decide what genre it is which, in many ways, embodies music in the early 80s. I gotta say, I'm not a fan at all.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Scottish indie is separated from both other British indie and other Scottish art by its whimsy, its gentility and its poppiness. Whereas indie from the rest of the British Isles dabbles with sweetness and light, it doesn't supress its tendencies to morosity and rock for long. And if Scottish literature has one distinctive theme, it's guilt, be it personal, communal or ancestral: from Macbeth quaking before the visage of a dagger (even though Shakespeare was English) through various justified sinners and Jekylls and Hydes, to Renton and his pals' quest for oblivion, the Scottish protagonist never ceases to loathe themselves for the crime of simply being alive and Scottish. Scottish indie, however, has embraced both warmth and humour, and frequently sought pointers from straight-up pop. Look at The Jesus and Mary Chain incorporating girl-group melodies within their wall of noise, the enshrining of jangly guitars with the Scottish C86 bands, Teenage Fanclub's championing of Big Star and the Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian dismissing grunge with an effete handwave, and Franz Ferdinand declaring that they wanted to make music for girls to dance to. If you're looking for a group that established this Scottish lighthearted, openhearted ethos, the one that makes most sense is Orange Juice. Orange Juice were your standard art-school band formed in the wake of punk. However, they reacted against the perceived dourness and melancholy of many post-punk bands (making them post-post-punk?) whilst retaining the movement's heterogenity and intelligence. The provocative wannabe impresario Alan Horne founded Postcard Records as a vehicle for Orange Juice and (the much more angst-ridden) Josef K; the tagline for Postcard Records was "The Sound of Young Scotland", an affectionate distortion of Motown's "The Sound of Young America", and as clear an indicator as any of Orange Juice's embrace of effervescence. Also note that Orange Juice were one of the most clean-cut, well-behaved bands of the time, eschewing alcohol (hence the bandname) and most drugs (though sometimes partaking in the mod/punk staple of amphetamine, funnily enough). With this, their second album, the line-up had changed substantially, after leader Edwyn Collins left the original drummer and guitarist. (the next drummer, Zeke Manila, was Zimbabwean, and two of the songs are sung in Shona). With this new line-up, Orange Juice hurtled in an even poppier direction, overtly referencing the Four Tops and, in the common post-punk ambition, marrying the Buzzcocks with Chic. And I like it a lot. The title song not only gave us the definitive post-punk slogan, but also provided one of the wryest takes on unrequited desire in the indie canon. Edwyn Collins proves himself one of the great articulators of adolescent hesitancy, turning wimpiness into, if not quite an admirable trait, then a charming, completely human feature of the everyteen (it's only a shuffle from Edwyn's croon to Morrissey's yodelling). Wonderful moments stud the album, such as the innocent piano motif on Flesh of My Flesh, which is then taken up by the saxophone (yes, saxophone). That said, the album warrants those two dread phrases, "rewards repeated listenings" and "the whole is greater thann the sum of its parts". Initially, you may well find the deliberate smoothness ungripping, and certain songs may seem disposable. But if you find the aesthetic intriguing and perhaps a little racy in its own way, then some Orange Juice should slip down satisfyingly. Orange Juice, like so many Scottish indie bands, provide Scotland with its much-needed sunlight and vitamin C.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

love the sonic cohesiveness of this record. makes me feel like i am in a different time. or having a calm, slow sunday.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
1

There's not a single Tool album on this list and yet I have to continuously listen to this garbage and garbage like it.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
5

At first it was okay for me but this thing fucking bops. Been listening nonstop to it

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Loved this. It does sag a little in the middle, but I adore the sonics of the album, the wonderful singing, the incorporation of funk into some of the tracks. Post-punk in general is hitting the sweet spot for me as it strikes me that so many of its participants were striving to make a pop sound that didn't patronise its listeners. You can be experimental, sophisticated and still catchy as hell. File this alongside bands like Monochrome Set.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Like a nice walk in a nice city with familiar traffic noises and the murmur of outdoor cafes. In the middle of all this is the band and sometimes I think that they listened a lot to Talking Heads.

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Sat May 20 2023
2

Another so-called post-punk album I had high hopes for that started off strong but quickly devolved into bland and repetitive guitar work. A few tracks with interesting melodic lines, but not nearly enough meat and potatoes to hold together an entire LP

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Thu Jun 16 2022
1

They call themselves Orange Juice, but this aged like milk.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

What an interesting intersection of punk and pop

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Fresh squeezed juice right here. This was super cool, I absolutely loved it. Feels like it was the start of something new.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Makes me happy, great to listen to on a rainy day

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

This album started out really good, but it feels a bit samey by the end. Overall I think that it's worth a listen, hence 4 stars, but it's definitely on the low end of 4 stars for me. There are a lot of hidden gems in the postpunk genre, and I think this is one of them

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Scottish New Wave Funk from the 80s is an unholy combination on paper, so I was surprised to find several tracks on this album that were not just listenable, but enjoyable. I never would have picked this album up in a million years. Best track: Louise Louise

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Fri Nov 10 2023
3

Far from freshly squeezed ...

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Thu Feb 01 2024
2

Its like Boney-M and Depeche Mode fucked and had an unwanted child that was raised by it's grandparents. Not bad, but unloved.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
2

Music mostly allright, with hints of Talking Heads and Style Council. But the vocals are terrible....

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

Utter shit. Why is garbage like this on the list?

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Very 80s and strong talking head vibes. Some late Clash sounds on there with almost a reggae feel

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Le doy su merecido 5 a este album lo quiero mucho esos solos jijooomano

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Chulo. Me recuerda a Bowie oscuro.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Chulo. Me recuerda a Bowie oscuro.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Seamless transitions Reminds me of Sing Street (it has a certain kind of umph to it) It has great instrumentation and vocals

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

A surprising connection having never heard of the band until today

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This is brilliant. Edwyn Collins in fine voice, lots of different styles which all work well and some cracking songs. Rip it Up is genius, obviously, with I Can't Help myself edging it out as best song.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Not as well known as they should be but wow, I didn't realise how much of a template Orange Juice's sound was for the Smiths and a those C86 bands I love so much

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

baita sonzao, curti o rockzao 80tista

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Excellent melding of the Buzzcovk edge and the Velvets

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

Ooo I like this a lot! Never heard of Orange Juice before but the immediate similarity to Talking Heads has piqued my interest. It’s just got a cool and groovy vibe all its own and I’m obsessed. I love this album cover too! They look like a hip crew and I’d love to see them live in their heyday. Quality new discovery!

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Mon Apr 17 2023
5

Well, I wasn't expecting that!! This album is an absolute joy.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
5

really shockingly funky for a scottish band. has poppy lyrics, punky drums, and thundercat-esque bass. fundamentally strange, and yet every element feels necessary

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Wed Jul 26 2023
5

Very 80s and yet very modern. Really interesting percussion and guitars that don’t fit together at all, but it works. Deliciously collegiate and wholly unique.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
5

never heard of them before really enjoyed this one

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

Glasgow's answer to Franco & OK Jazz. The bass and drums are the root of the funkiest sound on the Clyde while the two intertwined clean jangly guitars' rhythmic and melodic interplay bring a bright and breezy indie sound. Jazzy sax and keyboards are scattered across the album for a smooth easy going vibe. There's a distinct West African flavour in the harmonies and guitar parts, with the high-life style sweet major-3rd sounds, densley textured Rumba grooves, bongo fills, and cheesy keyboard/synth parts. This is most clear on 'Million Pleading Faces' and 'Hokoyo', which have an 80s Southern African pop meets Fela Kuti feel, but carries through the entire album. I imagine these are marmite vocals - but I like the off-kilter delivery and one-off style. Incredibly fun album. Favorites: Rip it Up, Louise Louise, Breakfast Time, Tenterhook

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

Breakfast time is a weird song. Otherwise really enjoyed!

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

Loved it! Was ready to write it off when I saw the album art (figured it was another shitty punk album) but as soon as those synths hit in the first song I knew this was something special. So many different genres represented here. I base my ranking on whether the album would join my record collection and this one definitely would.

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Sun Feb 25 2024
5

jesus christ this is a new favorite for me it has all the upbeat melancholy of a Smiths album with all of the relentlessly creative, post-punk/new-wave charm of a Talking Heads album seriously, this is so unbelievably good I just can’t even emphasize enough just how much I love this I’ve already relistened to this 3 times — 10/10

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Mon Mar 11 2024
5

Awesome album!! A great mix of jazzy pop!

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

Absolutely loved this. Listened to the last song multiple times after the album finished.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

Another random gem of a band. I liked it so much I listened to their debut album after and think that one is even better. I’d rate their debut like a 4.9 and this slightly lower. This one did grow on me on the second listen. Rating: 4.6

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

It's albums like these that are worth doing this generator for. An album I would have never ever found on my own, and I love it. Love the sounds and aura of the record, along with great variety of instruments used. Just an all around incredible album, and that's really all that needed to be said

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Fri Mar 29 2024
5

Fannnnntastic! Weird yet accessible. Very cool.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

One of my favorite New Wave albums and a seminal indie pop piece of the period. Orange Juice started out signed to the Scottish indie label Postcard (before switching to Polydor for this release), which looked to advance post-punk and New Wave with 60s jangle pop and 70s power pop. Their artists would go on to influence the C86 scene which shaped twee pop, power pop, and jangle pop from the 90s onwards, such as Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub. In this record, Orange Juice takes a versatile approach, largely influenced by the Talking Heads in the vocal style, basslines, weird and wild personality, and heavy use of funk and Afrobeat in many songs. Bop after bop, this record is full of provocative hits and deep cuts that never feel like filling up the time. Distinguishable deep vocals that fit both the dance tracks and the slow songs (reminiscent of 50s trad pop). Appropriate use of synths, horns, and studio effects create lush environments that's not too forceful. The lyrics and melodies are bright, energetic, and happy, a total contrast and innovation from contemporaries. Looking at the track listing: "Rip It Up" is a perfect opener, groovy and insanely catchy. "A Million Pleading Faces" is the hardest and funkiest track as a followup. The next 3 tracks highlight their innovation and insane production skills. "I Can't Help Myself" and "Flesh of My Flesh" are 2 more infectiously catchy pop hits. The next 2 are slow and tame but nice deep cuts, probably the weakest. And fittingly is our slow and beautiful "Tenterhook" which an immensely satisfying conclusion. Favorites: Rip It Up, Breakfast Time, I Can't Help Myself

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Tue Apr 16 2024
5

I love this album so much, and that was without even paying much attention to the lyrics. I feel like this is gonna end up in my library and on constant rotation like Prefab Sprout.

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Wed May 01 2024
5

Great album but not quite as great as the first one.

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Wed May 08 2024
5

Ein überraschend tolles Album! Die Stimme des Sängers spricht mich sehr an und durch die verschiedenen musikalischen Einflüsse sind die Songs angenehm abwechslungsreich.

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Wed Jun 05 2024
5

I liked it never heard of them

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Sat Oct 03 2020
4

pretty cool, like british new wave but a couple of songs that sounded african-ish? i liked

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Fri May 28 2021
4

i could definitely dance to this! its very lush! i'm getting some japanese city pop from it, 4

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Sun May 16 2021
4

I have never heard of this band or any of the songs on this album. That being said enjoyed the smooth vocals and interesting lyrics.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

New to me. Mix of Talking Heads and European pop of the 80's. Solid songs.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Sehr Abwechslungsreich. Easy listening in manchen Teilen und rockig in anderen.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Muy parecido a Talking Heads

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Its really funky, a magnum opus of Synthezisers. Great Rhythm Guitar work. Sounds really nostalgic. Also prepare for spontaneous Sax breaks. The voice of the singer reminds me of Bowies Diamond Dogs Album.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Great album. Harmonies are really good, as well as the instruments. I will definitely be listening to this again

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

I didn't know what to expect with this album, but I'm glad I listened to it. It has an 80's synth-pop feel to it, but it's also got some acoustics in the songs that still have an "upper" feel to them. Sure it's not the most original sound I've ever heard, but it doesn't insult it in any way or form. Favorite track: Rip It Up

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

New to me. And now I'm wondering why because I absolutely love this album. Holds up much better than most other music from 1982. Somehow sounds timeless and still of its time. Not as consistently great as I like my 5's to be, but already warranted repeat listens and it could eventually grow into a 5 for me.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Don't rip it up and start again lads, this one is sound.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

I’ve never listened to an album with such a mix of great and awful. Overall, I liked it.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

The Clash meets Talking Heads.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Fun funky album, liked it more than I expected

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Such a strange amalgam of genres but this really worked for me

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Love it. Jangly, weird, inconsistent!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Really groovy 80's tunes. Sounds like Bowie.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

singer sounds like he's doing a bad bowie impression

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Nice discoverment, metronomy of the 80´s

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

the glossy remodel of Orange Juice - shimmering with funky guitars and squelchy basslines

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Shout out to the horns on this album. 7/10

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

7/10 solid british pop rock, i really liked the guitar work, but nothing to write home about

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Lots of interesting elements!

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Overall I liked it; quite a bit actually. Has a "General Public" /"English Beat" feel to it. Found "Mud in Your Eye" to be intoxicating. Last half of album fell off, but overall was fun. B-

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Fri May 27 2022
4

I feel like I want to hang out with them

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Quite varied songs, some really nice ones notably 'I Can't Help Myself' and 'Flesh of my Flesh'. Mostly poppy, some reggae influence. Overall nice, easy to listen album.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

I love the innocence of this album. The medium really is the message with Rip It Up; just start something new... It could almost be Nile Rodgers on production for some of the tracks. The rhythms are so strong. Add in Edwyn's almost crooning like vocals and you get a very, very decent album.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Never heard of this band. I'm pretty happy with this album after a couple of listens. It's upbeat new wave stuff with a really catchy title track, some more brooding post-punk moments, and some curve-ball sounds like plasticky reggae and disco. The whole thing is quite bubbly and enjoyable but with an artistic touch and a vintage indie-pop sound. It's not competing with my favourite new wave or post-punk albums, but it's a strong showing in the 1980s Scottish indie category! 3.5, rounding up to 4.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

This album was enjoyable from start to finish. Love the infusion of genres and every song felt extremely original. Fav track: I Can’t Help Myself

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

I loved this album. It feels wrong to categorize this into any one genre because the styles were so variable from song to song. The jazz/ska vibes on I Can't Help Myself is what confirmed my love of this album. Favorite tracks: I Can't Help Myself, A Million Pleading Faces

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Something about this album resonated with me. The lead singer's voice is a bit goofy and like Morrissey but I found it more charming and less annoying. Really enjoyable listen.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This one surprised me, a great mix of post punk and new wave, some of it sounding very 80s and some surprisingly more modern. Definitely going to listen again, and explore their other albums.

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