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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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Rating

2.9

Votes

4630

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Punk
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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 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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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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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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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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Wed Dec 02 2020
5

loved it

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

What an interesting intersection of punk and pop

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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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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Add to wantlist

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Y

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Chulo. Me recuerda a Bowie oscuro.

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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 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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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 Aug 08 2022
5

What a great surprise.

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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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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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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Really good

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

SO MUCH 80s

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Pretty fucking cool

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Fua esk soy yo literal

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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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Mon May 17 2021
4

love the singer and drums

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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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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

A really decent album

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Groovy

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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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Not bad

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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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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

pretty funky, not bad

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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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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Joyous. I love it.

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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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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Absolutely cracking.

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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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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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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Fantastic album, enjoyed the rhythms, Melodie’s and singing.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Second time listening to this album, and I still really like it a lot. Still have A Million Pleading Faces and I Can't Help Myself as my favorite tracks

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Don’t know how I’ve never heard of this but all kinds of mashup of early 80s…New Romantic, Devo, etc

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Pretty good. Some great bangers, but also some fairly forgettable songs. Still enjoyable though. I dont get why new wave albums have such low ratings on this website, I generally find new wave to be an inoffensive genre. I get not liking new wave, but I find it difficult to understand how someone could hate it with a passion.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

80s cliché. One or two good songs

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Such a weird sound; Mike Peck is intrigued.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

While I am aware of how popular New Wave became, it never liked it, and still don't. I appreciate it a little more in my older years, but it still does nothing for me. This album has a few moments of catchy melodies, but still not my thing. After this listen, probably won't revisit.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Very interesting listen, have never heard of this band before and I found it quite enjoyable. Seems that their sound inspired a few of the newer bands of that region.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

A rather diverse album that's good all around which is quite an accomplishment when playing so many different styles.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Not bad. Just not for me

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Solid new wave vibes.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

I’ve never heard of this band before in my life, but now I know where Edwyn Collins came from - even though his one hit wonder from the 90’s sounds nothing like anything on this album. But I really dug this! The vocals are weird, the random slide guitar is weird, the occasional singing in a non-English language is weird. None of this makes sense. And yet it worked for me. Not quite enough to excuse the Almost Famous cover here blurring out the entire rhythm section. But it worked.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

J’ai aime l’album et je reecouterais peut etre. Ependnat ce n’etsit pas une ecoute tres active donc je ne peux donner en hau ou en bas de 3.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

It has some good sounds but nothing really caught my attention

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Un disc inovador, ple de textures originals, d'aromes d'estiu, de seccions de vent enriquidores i de melodies potser no gaire obvies, però que acaben obrint-se pas dins un mateix escolta tras escolta

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

"Rip it up and start again I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out" (Rip it up) "Is it wrong to let him walk into the water? Close your eyes for just one moment You get so tired the endless days of watching over And is it wrong as the waves boil up to greet him To turn away - he disappears into the tide All your love it cannot save him All your love it cannot save him" (Turn away) Se me ha hecho un poco bola.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Fun but I wanted to have more catchy songs like Rip it Up and I Can't Help Myself

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Not bad this. Doesn’t sound remotely Scottish tho. Che Adams

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

This album had a Gary McAllister vibe to it.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Hit and miss. Bit like Christian Benteke

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Never heard of this. Enjoyable. Grower I think.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Decent bit of jangle pop

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

3* quite enjoyable for the most part

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Quite okay. You could hear how they wanted to differantiate from the other musím back in the 80s, however that didn't quite worked for me.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

solidnoo

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Orange Juice manages to blend British Pop with a touch of ska in this more fleshed out effort. By doing so they have effectively laid a foundation for several genres to follow.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

enjoyed it, nice and mellow.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Some good bass but not needs a bit more pep in places

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Pudo ser un EP excelente

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

its ok

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

It's an 80's album. That's it's best descriptor. It's not my favorite 80's bullshit album, but it's fine. Pretty boring and predictable. Highlights: 1, and 5.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

goeie listen

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

3.5 lekker vibe! ook 10 nummerkes perfecte lengte. ik zou het in niche nog wel eens opzetten.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Nice, Sommige nummers ga ik nog wel eens luisteren. album in totaal was goed maar overtuigde niet volledig

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Totally rad

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

I dig the totally rad 80s vibe

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

surprisingly big sound for the early 80s

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Got some micropop vibes on the first song

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

not bad very on and off about it 2.5

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

wishy washy kinda but got those 80s beats that are undeniable catchy

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Decent. My eyes rolled when I read “post punk” but there’s plenty of stuff going on here. Not to be confused with Oran juice Jones. First hit to use a 303?

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Opening with the brilliant "Rip It Up", but that is as good as it gets, which is pretty good to be fair. It just becomes a little samey after a few tracks.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Better than some 80s

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Some nice Ska/reggae influenced pop. Had heard the name but none of the music. I like it, very much in the vein of General Public. I wish the tempos were a little faster sometimes, but a enjoyable listen. Makes me curious to check out the 2 albums that bookend this one, both if which allmusic.com hold in higher esteem then the one chosen by the authors. 3.5 🌟

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Ich höre, wie diese hierzulande ja leider stark unterrepräsentierte Band ihre Nachfolger beeinflusst hat, zum Beispiel Kajagoogoo, die Happy Mondays oder auch Rocko Schamoni. Schätze ich alle sehr, genauso wie die Einflüsse die man der Platte wiederum anhört - Afrobeat, Eno/Bowie, Eno/Talking Heads; solche Sachen. Muss gerade mal nachschauen wer die eigentlich produziert hat? Ah, ein "Marlin Hayes", kenne ich gar nicht. Also jedenfalls: gefällt mir gut, auch wenn es mich hier gerade nicht vom Hocker haut. Dafür knapp an die Untergrenze des nächsten Levels ran. 3,5

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Legendär und von mir doch zu lange übersehen. Neben Funk, Talking Heads und Jonathan Richman wohl DER distinktive Sound zur Hochzeit des King Georg. Irgendwie avantgardistisch angekrautet-jangley countryesker Yacht Pop/Rock. Das ist kein Orange Juice, eher Multivitamin. Gibt frisch gepresste 3.3

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Prefer apple juice

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

I really wanted this to be a masterpiece. It was alright. Might actually give it another go.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

it was ok. yawny 5/10

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

3…. Nearly a 4 … some great tunes and playing

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Liked Rip It Up a lot actually, the rest of the album just slid by though

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

This is a fun album of breezy and soulful pop/new wave from Orange Juice. The band has a unique style, with a bit of an Afro-pop sensibility (courtesy of drummer Zeke Manyika) and some excellent punchy guitarwork. Edwyn Collins is the standout presence in the band, with his rich vocal style. Great pop hooks on both the title track and “I Can’t Help Myself.” “Mud in Your Eye” is a personal favorite, although “I Can’t Help Myself” is a can’t miss track, the best on the album. Fave Songs: Mud in Your Eye, I Can't Help Myself, Tenterhook, Rip It Up, Turn Away

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Didn’t give a full listen, some songs sounded neat, others like basic 80s stuff

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Fine 80s pop rock

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Bon album. Nice mélange de pop british/new wave et rock.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

This reminded me so much of a late 80s soundtrack for a movie involving a Weekend at Bernie’s type of plot. Why? I have absolutely no clue 🤷🏾‍♂️ When they kept it peppy and upbeat, I really enjoyed it. But when they slowed it down, the vocals killed me. Like slowly and painfully.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Pretty ok - like a bargain bin Roxy music, or Specials or David Byrne

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

1 I'm not too fond of that weird deep lispy sound of the voice of so many artists during the 80s. 2. "Mud In Your Eyes" saves it from being a 1 Ok 3, this is getting better

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

New wave. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Huh. Kind of a funky album but I liked it fairly well. Some classic 80s sound that makes it a very cheerful synth/guitar album with calm jams. The perfect album for making breakfast on a lazy Sunday, as far as I'm concerned. Fave track: Louise Louise. Not objectively the best track musically on the album but I'm a sucker for a sweet little love song. Even though it seems like a bit of a toxic/complicated love song at that.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

It was good, and the dub elements were something else. But I think the singer struck me as a little hard to listen to, especially near the end.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

I'm not claustrophobic and don't mind confined spaces, but if I was stuck on an elevator for 42 minutes and 31 seconds with Rick Astley, Gloria Estefan, David Byrne and smooth jazz, I wouldn't be happy. If that elevator sounds like you're kind of party, you're going to love this. You can begin with the song "Flesh of My Flesh." I'll take the steps.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

6/10. Eh, alright

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

Pretty good

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Geinige 80s pop muziek met voor mijn gevoel wat Jamaicaanse invloeden. Doet me vooral aan Level 42 denken. Helaas kunnen geen van de nummers van dit album mij echt boeien.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

I started off suspicious, but there were good bones in there. Collins' voice sometimes drove me crazy, but I liked a lot of what they were doing musically.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Never heard of these guys, but quite enjoyed this

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

It's an 80s album and definitely sounds like an 80s album. Nothing was really memorable about it. I cannot really recall a song that needs to be listened to again. Not quite a 3 but I will round up.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Estuvo ok.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

easy listening, but cant see myself going back

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Flesh of my Flesh the only familiar tune to me on this (I think my brother put it on a mix tape he gave me many, many years back - so many it was on an actual tape). They have a unique sound, and generally I like dot, though the vocals seemed over affected. Clever lyrics.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Not the worst, a good smorgasbord of stuff, but not overtly bad, light 3

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Slightly disappointing. I expect so much of OJ based on the excellent singles on here.I also really enjoyed the Highlife-y second track and the one that sounds like Josef K, but this album seems to lurch from style to style and the production of each song sounds different. And none are as polished as the two singles on here (which are two of the greatest pop songs ever created). So 3/5 for the two singles, but this is a very inconsistent collection of songs.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Fairly standard New Wave without any highlights. If anything i found the music often to be cluttered and full with noises

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Somehow, as average as the songwriting is, the random orchestration and sounds make it a better album.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Standard 1980s pop, as seen on Top of the Pops week in, week out. Not special in any way.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

I quite like the 80s synth indie feel to it, but it never really takes off quite the way I hoped it would

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Laid back and enjoyable

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

From the cover, I thought this would be early 80s new wave, potentially with a reggae infusion. It wasn't bad but was not memorable either.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

-A nice, kind of fun punk-ish album -I like some of the more fun instrument choices throughout, especially in "I Can't Help Myself" -Definitely straddling the line between 3 and 4 stars, but nothing really stood out as crazy good and really deserving of a relisten, but overall still fun.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

If David Bowie had 50% less lyrics and 150% more sax.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

New wave Brit pop/punk/funk sounding a bit more indie experimental than their peers. Strong use of electronics to give themselves a distinct flavour

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Different unexpected

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Heard it before?: No Enjoy it?: yeah it’s decent and has a fun warm sound, My have to come back to this in the future Favourite song: Track 1 - Rip it Up

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Really interesting, I thought for sure this was a newer band then I saw the year it came out. original hipsters.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Meh. Not my bag. Didn't hate it though. Just sounded really repetitive. I'm not sure if they were the ones leading the new wave/synth pop scene or if they were just riding the wave. Extra points if they were the former.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Like it a lot more when it leans into the reggae/Caribbean sounds. Dislike it a bit more when it's *YET ANOTHER POST PUNK 80S ALBUM ON THIS LIST JFC*

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Vaguely familiar stylized 80s sounding stuff

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Some would say they have the juice 😎

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Oh this is a vibe. Have wanted to listen to them for a while. Happy to finally hear them. Can def hear the impact they’ve had on indie/popular music.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

3.5

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

This was on the poppier side of post-punk. It is also very much of its time in that it liberally uses 80 synth and other sounds. This kind of takes me out of it a bit. Other post punk bands are also of their times of course, but there is a timelessness to an artist like the Smiths that is lacking here. The album is quite cohesive though and borrows a fair bit from Afrobeat as well.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Enjoyable record with funny and catchy tracks and a quite good mood.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Some really interesting baselines. Vocals are good, don’t really like the jangly guitar style and tone. Decent album overall.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Haven't heard this before. Kinda New Wave-ish, a bit bland and they don't have much of an edge to their sound. On the positive, it's easy to listen to and I can't say I didn't enjoy it, it's just that I don't care to know more about them or be bothered to hear more. Still, it's okay...

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Siendo una banda de unos pocos hits y con bastantes altibajos, Orange Juice supo llegar a las listas de éxitos en los 80's y cosechar éxito por su distintivo sonido el cuál abarcaba el post punk de una forma mucho más funk y bailable. Eso era algo que marcó diferencia con otras bandas y que hizo que trascendieran de solo unos pocos nichos. Originarios de Escocia y siendo su segundo álbum, fue el que los llevó hacia el más cercano éxito antes de su disolución en 1985. Si hay que adjudicarle a alguien este éxito, es a Edwin Collins, cantante principal y guitarrista de la banda que nunca bajó los brazos y mantuvo la agrupación ante la incesante cantidad de bajas que tuvieron a lo largo del tiempo que duraron activos. Los reemplazos de Malcom Ross en guitarra y Zeke Manyika en batería, le dieron una bocanada fresca a la banda, la cual aprovechó usando ideas de estos músicos en sus composiciones, las cuales aportaron dentro del disco. Es una escucha fresca y medianamente sencilla, la cual sirve para expandir las puertas del post punk y, abrir el abanico indie de ese momento, llegando a sonar frescos hasta el día de hoy.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Music from skinny white boys. Rip is up is brilliant. There are some decent enough tracks peppered through the rest of it, but I guess "who they are" is the key thing for this album.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Instrumentaali oli vekkulia, mut laulu pudotti pisteitä. Ei jotenki lähteny

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Reminds me of the talking heads but without the talent

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

I guess some time it was a hit but now it lacks standing out quality that differentiates it from similar albums. Its not bad music but not exceptional

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Not my jam

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Meh...

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Boring, not for me

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Wed May 26 2021
2

It's okay, but I'm not sure why it's included on the list. Seems very average, and the singles aren't really doing much for me. Unlike even a band like Korn, which at the very least was a major point for a genre, I'm not sure the significance of this one.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Some interesting notes here and there but nothing special going on with this one. Listening to it once was enough for me

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

I lived through 1980s synth-pop. Why not Duran Duran or Flock of Seagulls? Ugh

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Sun May 30 2021
2

Meh

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

I don't know if they invented a bunch of things or they sound like some weird amalgamation of a variety of 80's bands. Unfortunately they don't sound as good as a lot of their peers... maybe a mediocre Style Council.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Very rough sounding hall and Oates, weird voice strains, very repetitive no saves

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Vergesslich

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Na

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Rick Astley? Is that you?... Are they a mix between Squeeze and Pulp? I'm happy that they have a song called Breakfast Time. Other than that, nothing too much to consume here.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

_Rip It Up_ by Orange Juice - (I keep on forgetting to make my music player not fucking shuffle the fucking thing! It's really hard to get an idea of an album released pre-CD era when it's randomly playing tracks.) So it's 80's post-punk...crooner music? It's weird. The first song was...interesting. The second song's lyrics didn't seem to energy and upbeat quality of the music- badabada, badabada, _see the tears in a million faces_ whaaaaaaaat? The rest of the album liked to bounce around in the same manner, where you never knew what you were going to get. I wondered if any of the band went on to be part of some other bands, but they never did. Why isn’t The English Beat on this list?

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

First track sounds like a weird/slow version of 'Good Times' by Chic without the cool bassline. Overall, it was all just a bit "nice". 5/10 ⚽ Euro player: Johan Cruyff. Played in orange and definitely ripped it up.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

This album started with a John Jensen style wonder goal with a classic tune, but then as Arsenal found out, it was all a little too good to be true as it faded into a bit of a nothing and, not unlke the Danish player, ultimately a bit of a let down.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

All forgotten the moment it finished - fine but forgettable

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Two great tracks = ⭐⭐ review.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

If this album actually were a glass of Orange Juice it would be the cheap stuff made from concentrate. Lacks real substance and ultimately not satisfying

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Kindnof a one hit wonder. Their synth alternative music fuses together a few different styles and it's a bit of a weird listen. Not my favorite, but worth a listen

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

Pretty awful. Had one or two decent tracks that redeemed it a bit.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Scottish pop/electro band who's only Top 40 hit, "Rip It Up" was the first hit to use the Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Lots of electro synth beats, with some sax and horns thrown in. At times could hear some Franz Ferdinand. Best: Rip It Up Worst: Hokoyo

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Not a fan, reminds me of Morrissey.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

Never heard of this band. Their vocals are not for me, and I did my best to hear past them to avoid giving this 1 star. Ultimately settling on 2/5 because, at times, the music was pretty fun.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

- somewhat boring, downtempo chill ish - pre-new wave... just wave? - Consistent and good enough mix

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

Meh

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Sun Sep 05 2021
2

Rediscovering this is like finding a crusty old jizz tissue in the pocket of an old coat.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

A lot of comparisons to the Smiths and Talking Heads without ever holding a candle to either. Some songs fare better than others, but the album suffers as a whole for not having much to offer in the way of genuinely good music. The best songs are when Zeke Manyika has a hand in things, which is unfortunately few. The rest, I can leave.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

meh. 2 or 3. striaght white boys.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

Went in blind here. Read a few of the reviews in advance and got a bit excited with some of The Clash comparisons. The first song really threw me off as it was a bit too “80’s pop” for me. It got a bit more interesting but never really caught on to the level of potential I had been hoping for. Damn. Fave songs “I can’t help myself”

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Mezcla de pop ochentero con toques reggae. Fácil de escuchar, aunque no especialmente llamativo

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

Some catchy moments, but ultimately just inoffensive background music. Songs go on for way too long. Definitely not something I'd listen to again.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I love Simon Reynold's book on post-punk, titled after this album/song. I get why this album was a breath of fresh air at the time, but I find the "funk" unconvincing. Tooo, too white boy, really. the African influences, courtesy of the drummer/songwriter Zeke Manyika are much more interesting to me (eg A Million Pleaading Faces, or the percussion breaks on breakfast Time), and I wish there was a lot more of that. I find Edwyn Collin's voice just a little bit too ironic crooner for my taste. If it was a little bit faster, a bit more layered percussion, this could have been more like Remain in Light. It has those moments (again, guitar solo on Breakfast Time, which is like Adrian Belew or Robert Fripp) which I really like. But then he starts singing again, or they start playing terrible white boy funk.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Never heard of Orange Juice before, though I did know Edwyn Collins. There are a few nice tracks, but I don't think I'll be listening to this again soon.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

Rip It Up by Orange Juice (1982) More British yawn pop, this time from Scotland (not generally known for the export of orange juice), this album is so-so, if kinda cute. Squeezable, even. With all the pulp filtered out.  Our thirst is quenched by cool and splashy dance beats, dripping with lively bass lines and quirky guitar effects, with fay lead vocal stylings and harmonies stirred in. Musically, it’s altogether goofy, but with plenty of variety. Perfect for a teen party with nothing serious going on.  The leading title track is really the only song of note. The one attempt at social/cultural engagement “See How Hard They Cry” is spoiled by the frolicsome mood and silly effects. The same incommensurability applies for every attempt on this record to treat serious themes.  Listening to guys in their mid-twenties singing “How I wish I was young again” (“Breakfast Time”) is adorable. They’re so precious at that age.  What this album needs is citric acid: less sweet, more tart. And maybe a shot of vodka.  2/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Boring

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