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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The Police – Synchronicity (’83)

You’ve been letting your feelings show, are you safe Miss Gradenko? I don’t know much about The Police. In fact, I don’t really want to. I find Sting to be unbearably arrogant and his solo work needlessly sappy. (And honestly, what the fuck is he singing about anyway? See, here). But good god, Synchronicity is amazing. Synth-y. Heavy on the bass, with some jungle beats thrown in for good measure. Cheesy yet fitting harmonies. Basic pop song structure. Miss Gradenko is phenomenal. Repetitive but phenomenal, and surprisingly written by Stewart Copeland rather than Sting. If you omit Every Breath You Take […]

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