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Mesh and Lace (+ Bonus Tracks)
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Mesh and Lace (+ Bonus Tracks)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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1992 4AD reissue of their debut, originally released for theesteemed label in 1981. Features seven bonus tracks, including all five of the cuts from their 1983 'Gathering Dust' EP: 'Gathering Dust', 'Smiles And Laughter', ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Modern English
Title: Mesh and Lace (+ Bonus Tracks)
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: 4ad Records UK
Release Date: 9/22/1998
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 5014436010521, 652637010527, 766484314223

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1992 4AD reissue of their debut, originally released for theesteemed label in 1981. Features seven bonus tracks, including all five of the cuts from their 1983 'Gathering Dust' EP: 'Gathering Dust', 'Smiles And Laughter', 'Mesh AndLace', 'Tranquility', 'Home', 'Swans On Glass' & 'Incident'.15 tracks total.
 

CD Reviews

My irascible friend
loteq | Regensburg | 07/31/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This 72-minute CD is a compilation of ME's 1981 debut and several worthy bonus tracks from early singles and EPs. The band is primarily known for its 1982 hit single "I melt with you", but "Mesh and lace" marks a more aggressive stance and has few in common with the 4AD label's usual brand of sophisticated dream pop. However, for an essentially punk-based band the musical range here is quite impressive, sounding like a confluence between Joy Division's early material and Wire's arty "154". On the other hand, "Mesh and lace" is clearly a debut album; there's a fair amount of mediocre material which comes up with lots of pointless guitar feedback but no real substance. The best songs can be found among the extra tracks. The roaring "Gathering dust", the highly dramatic title cut, and "Smiles and laughter" are manic, sweeping gems. The atmospheric "Grief", "Tranquility" with its environmental sounds, and "Incident" with its staccato riffs have good ideas, too. Fans of ME's later work may not like the darkness and self-indulgent attitude of "Mesh and lace", but most of this album works well as angry, depressed mood music."
One of my all-time favorite albums.
S. Thompson | Torrance, CA United States | 04/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It reaches the deep aches and soothes the soul. It remindes me of times long ago when life was so terrible and it gives me a place to echo the longing for something so much more than what I have. It is wonderful. It is one of my favorite albums of all time.Mesh and Lace is melodic, trance-like, and moody. It's there when I need to have music that understands what I've been through in my life. It is very personal.Mesh and Lace is a collector's item. If you own it, you will know what a priceless treasure you truly have."
Spectacular
velvet_mornings | MIami, FL, USA | 08/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A darkly ambiented realm of unsettling yet perfect bass, guitar drums et al harmonies,...of the gothic Bauhaus / Joy Division tradition. This album, being the only one that they've released that follows in this pattern, is utterly my favorite of them all.
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