1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

509. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret – Soft Cell

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

Amazon Rating of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret  4.3/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (375/493)

Amount that are new to me: 76%


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