What does it sound like?:
I’m certainly no expert on Soft Cell, being aware of their singles rather than album tracks, so this new twenty song collection, issued alongside the recent mega box set, is ideal for me, rounding up as it does the band’s singles output over the years.
Starting at the beginning with their biggest (or at least most familiar) chart songs such as Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Torch etc, the album wends its way on to their later, less successful period in commercial terms. Indeed, I don’t think I’d heard before any of the last half dozen of the ‘old’ songs, and I have to say they didn’t really strike me as being as immediate as their earlier stuff. Oddly, the set concludes with two new songs, that aren’t included on the box set, which seems a strange decision, and not one I’d have been too impressed with had I forked out eighty quid! Nevertheless, the first half of this collection has some great catchy pop tunes that bring back a lot of memories, and that’s all I ask of an album such as this really.
What does it all *mean*?
Ideal for the casual fan or as an introduction for a newcomer, but the hard core will opt for the full ten disc box set.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
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