Different Kind of Tension Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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This could possible be one of the 10 best albums of all time.
"A Different Kind Of Tension" is not the fractured sonic experience that the band's inner turmoil might lead you to believe, if anything they are at the peak of their melodic powers on songs like "You Say You Don't Love Me" and rhythm workouts like "Raison D'etre," which even takes a short trip into bent-note psychedelia with its longer-than-usual guitar solo.
The sound collage "Radio Nine" ends things on a slightly anticlimactic note after this run of fantastic tracks, but that's a small quibble. It also alludes to two of their biggest non-album singles from this time period, "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" and the existential musing of "Why Can't I Touch It?Read more ›
All that being said, this album is not as bad as the above factoids might suggest. In fact, some of the band's best and most creative tracks can be found on here. Songs like "Paradise", "Raison D'etre", "Sitting Round At Home", and "I Don't Know What To Do With My Life" are highly melodic, speedy, hook-laden pop-punk rave-ups which later bands like Green Day clearly learned a lot from. Those who were disappointed with Love Bites (one of their best, in my opinion) will certainly be pleased to hear these tracks, as they hearken back to the high energy approach of Another Music in a Different Kitchen while also welding it to the punchy melodic pop of Love Bites, striking a perfect balance between the two. "You Say You Don't Love Me" is another standout, which never fails to tear at my heart-strings. You can really hear Shelley's pain on this one, with emotional guitar licks complimenting the raw heartache and hurt feelings expressed in the lyrics.
Steve Diggle also has a stronger presence on this record than previous ones, offering up "Mad Mad Judy", "You Know You Can't Help It", and the aforementioned "Sitting Round At Home", which is very thrashy and could almost pass for hardcore punk.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album overburdened with needless, trifling, and tedious extras. A fine double Digipak CD package but the extras wear thin on first listen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lee Wrecker
Arguably the very best collection of songs from this cutting-edge British punk band. the extra tunes are a nifty bonus to the original album,making it a MUST HAVE in your music... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Art C. Phartsy
I adore the earlier collection of Buzzcocks songs, "Singles Going Steady" that I've owned on CD for years and years. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Donald E. Gilliland
This is what you get when you put raw punk energy together with musical genius. And now, five more words.Published on October 20, 2012 by Aaron D
Great price, shipped prompty and we are enjoying the CD on a daily basis, very difficult to find this set.Published on June 26, 2012 by fmmt47
Don't get me wrong I do like this album I'm just a bigger fan of their earlier harder driving, shorter to the point and more quirky stuff. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Frazzle
This is my favorite album from the Buzzcocks. Songs like "I Believe" and "Why can't I Touch it" prove that punk rock songs can last more than 2 minutes. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by An honest review
It doesn't really matter how you categorize Buzzcocks, what matters is that their music is laden with energy and power. Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by J. Ellingson