The The – Soul Mining (’86)

“How could anyone know me, when I don’t even know myself?” Oh there’s upbeat delivery in The The’s first studio LP, but it’s certainly not a happy message being conveyed. Frontman Matt Johnson’s solo release two years earlier, Burning Blue Soul (which is commonly mistaken as a The The release), was so negative both lyrically and sonically he was practically moving backwards in emotional development. Soul Mining sees, on the whole, Johnson lightening up a bit, or at the very least shrouding his lyrical negativity in upbeat music. The first track spells the end of Johnson’s overtly dour attitude, a la his solo work, […]

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