October 28, 2010
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell
In which y brawd atones for throwaway phrase Soft Cell and their ilk. For once the Mood labels on allmusic.com are on the money: passionate, provocative, hedonistic, brash, theatrical, sleazy, campy. Beyond the faux glamour and tawdry thrills, however, lie the enduring appeal of perfect synth pop and that voice. In time Marc would learn how to sing. Here the waywardly off-key warble is the grit in a particularly slinky oyster, and nowhere more so than on Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: the swell of keyboards and vocals as we rise into the chorus.... bona fide pop genius.
This year's Marc album, the very fine Varieté, is billed as a swansong. Looking back on the past 30 years, it gives nostalgic perspective to the milieu first explored in N-SEC. Buy it. Pay a visit to Marc's place.
Oddi wrth y brawd