My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the first album from UK band Soft Cell. The album was recorded and released in 1981 on an extremely small budget with just a few pieces of equipment.
What I think: Like the rest of the US, I know Soft Cell from their cover of the song “Tainted Love” (track 2 on this album), and that is sort of the standard that I judged the rest of the album on. Musically it really does pretty well holding up, although much if it has a smoother feel to it, where I say “Tainted Love” is more jittery. Where I feel disappointed is both in the lyrics and vocals of Marc Almond. They just aren’t very well written or well sung and that really puts a damper on the whole thing. The one exception is the seemingly romantic “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” which fires on all cylinders.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I give it a pass, I just don’t dig it.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (375/493)
Amount that are new to me: 76%