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Modern English: Mesh & Lace

Track List

>Gathering Dust
>16 Days
>Just a Thought
>Move in Light
>Token Man, The
>Viable Commercial, A
>Black Houses
>Dance of Devotion (A Love Song)
>Smiles and Laughter
>Mesh and Lace
>Swans on Glass

Album Notes

Personnel: Gary McDowell (vocals, guitar); Robbie Grey, Mick Conroy (vocals); Stephen Walker (keyboards); Richard Brown (drums).

Recording information: Hillside Sound; Jacobs; Spaceward.

The debut album by this overlooked 4AD outfit from Colchester in Essex. In many ways, Modern English helped to define the sound and image of that pioneering label; while admittedly pretentious at times, they were also sharp-edged, intellectual, and obsessed with aestheticism. The standouts here are the title track, "Smiles and Laughter," and "Gathering Dust," an epic post-punk exercise in aural dynamics. The keyboard rush that they employ is one of the punkiest uses of Stephen Walker's synthesizer imaginable -- at least prior to the development of the industrial movement. ~ Alex Ogg


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