Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The long overdue reissue of this classic 1982 album 'The Anvil', by the pioneers of the New Romantic movement, Visage. The album reached No.6 in the UK album charts.This CD reissue features 6 bonus tracks not included on t... more »
The long overdue reissue of this classic 1982 album 'The Anvil', by the pioneers of the New Romantic movement, Visage. The album reached No.6 in the UK album charts.This CD reissue features 6 bonus tracks not included on the original 9 track release. These include dance mixes of the hit singles 'Mind Of A Toy' and 'The Damned Don't Cry' and the rare b-sides 'Motivation' and 'I'm Still Searching'. The CD booklet features sleeve notes, discography and all the single sleeves taken from the original album. As the leading lights of the New Romantic movement, Visage's legacy is lasting. The band's reputation for producing quality electronic pop lives on.
Early Eighties, Anyone?
N. A. Parry | 08/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the second of three albums by Steve Strange's Visage. After this, Midge Ure departed and so did the band's success. Perhaps the two events are linked. Whatever; this is a fine slice of early eighties New Romanticism, it captures perfectly the fusion between robotic electronics and the outrageous 'clubby' scene of the time, when boys were girls and we were all a lot younger. The classic 'Damned Don't Cry' single is the best of the bunch, a haunting tune with a strange melancholy to it, but 'The Horseman', with it's funky guitar work comes a close second. The least successful track might well be 'Night Train', which doesn't have the ethereal quality to it that the others possess. After this, came the 'Beat Boy' album and obscurity for Steve Strange. Looking at the charts today, he is greatly missed."
Visage at their best...
Si Wooldridge | Chippenham, Wiltshire England | 08/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't even think about it, just buy it. This is Visage at their very best. A more mature and diverse album than their debut, Visage were no strangers to controvesy at the time of this album. It seemed to revolve around the the song Anvil (Night Club School) which was hawked in the UK press a number of times as a notorious Gay club. I don't know if it really was or what real relevance that has to the music but the world was a rather more homphobic place in those days. There are the dancey tracks that follow the same general pattern as the debut (no duffers in there at all), but the after Night Train we get to side 2 of the vinyl which slows up and loses the danceability for real atmosphere. It starts with my all-time fav Visage song The Horseman and winds along seductively until the close with Whispers. Definately a game of two halves but neither disappopints.The additional tracks are welcome, We Move is a fantastic track while Frequency 7 is very much an experimental track, quite strange but worringly addictive."
Music in the mirror? A passion for fashion...
email@example.com | Plattsburgh, NY | 10/08/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Close your eyes for just a moment. You're wearing rather martial black leather trousers, coat and hat; your jackboots are shined to a spit-polish. You're sitting in a dark, high-ceilinged parlor with a group of classical friends and statues...the men and women are beautiful in powder and rouge. Somewhere, a lone piano echoes a plaintive song - and dissolves into the pounding throb of machine music. It's 1982, and few bands crystallized the New Romantic trend as well as Visage did. Vocalist/model (or was it model/vocalist?) Steve Strange added his effete talents to the band (which at times included Dave Formula and Ultravox's Midge Ure and Billy Currie). Look past Strange's dated and extreme couture and you'll find strong electronic musicianship that deserves a second, third, and fourth listen. Just listen...with the lights out."