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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B00005RGKP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paradise
2. Sitting Round At Home
3. You Say You Don't Love Me
4. You Know You Can't Help It
5. Mad Mad Judy
6. Raison D'etre
7. I Don't Know What To Do With My Life
8. Money
9. Hollow Inside
10. A Different Kind Of Tension
11. I Believe
12. Radio Nine

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Every song is worth checking out.
Michael C. Tellison
And this "special edition" contains plenty of great tunes, including some interesting demo versions, a John Peel session, and a few more radio broadcast versions.
Donald E. Gilliland
When the needle drops on the furiously-paced opening song "Paradise," you can tell at once that things are both very good and very bad in the Buzzcocks camp.
Stargrazer

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "jeffb47" on May 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
...what a great album this is. This is definitive pop punk, sweaty and hard rocking. I call it happy punk, which is a relative term. Though full of angst and confusion of the times The Buzzcocks were not one of those F*-this and F*-that nihilistic type of punk bands. You pogo dance to it, you don't slam dance.
This could possible be one of the 10 best albums of all time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Edward Bosnar on March 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Usually a band's last album before its members part ways is considered their weakest. That's not the case here: "A Different Kind of Tension" is in my view their best effort by far, even better than their otherwise outstanding and frequently lauded "Singles Going Steady." The album's twelve tracks are an outstanding mix of post-punk standards, like "Mad, Mad Judy," "You Say You Don't Love Me" and "I Don't Know What to do with My Life," and more experimental songs like "Money," "Hollow Inside" and "I Believe" - the type of songs which often earned the Buzzcocks the misleading classification as an `art-rock' group. It's nice that the recording company re-released this CD; it's great to listen to it on something other than the overplayed and now-grainy cassette I used before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on March 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When the needle drops on the furiously-paced opening song "Paradise," you can tell at once that things are both very good and very bad in the Buzzcocks camp. This was a band beginning to splinter, yet they pulled it together in the studio regardless of tensions and runaway drug and alcohol consumption. Fusing their pop chops with a love of hyperactive krautrock grooves hatched songs like "Sitting Round At Home," "Hollow Inside" and the burning seven-minute closer "I Believe." Shelley's songwriting is at once getting more expansive and more opaque -- several songs are populated with opposing phrases and imagery, a critique of existence and its contradictory nature. This reaches its zenith with the title track, where Shelley trades statements like "save money" with a robotic, synthesized counter-voice that replies with "spend money."

"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?
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alfred A Curtis on May 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I honestly believed that Pete Shelley would be a a true successor to John Lennon in the annals of Pop when I first heard the Buzzcocks. This is a band that took a rather caustic musical form (punk) and made it beautiful. Along with XTC, (the best band of ALL TIME; I'm not kidding!) Buzzcocks epitomized the feel and sound of the late 70's in a way that no one has before or since. I first heard "A Diffrent Kind of Tension" just a few months after Lennon's murder. When Pete sings "THERE IS NO LOVE IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE" ("I Believe") no disbelief is possible. The emotion is so real and honest it still give s me goosebumps almost 25 years later. The essence of punk was anger but the essence of the Buzzcocks was LOVE. I play a slow accoustic version of "You Say You Don't Love Me" in local clubs people always ask me who wrote it. I tell them "Pete Shelley". When they ask me where he is now I can only shake my head. I'm almost 50 and I've heard it all. BUY THIS ALBUM!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spec on February 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Rock solid album from start to finish. This is one piece of work I play over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate on May 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's nice to see this classic album given a deserved re-release, especially as it's (yet another) two-disc deluxe edition. The album has had a welcome remaster and included unreleased demos and live tracks.

This was the original line-ups last album. Released in September 1979, it shows that the band were heading in a new direction.

Although behind the scenes, the band were slowly falling apart, their recorded offerings were still of the highest quality.

Side one is shared between Shelley and Diggle. Pete offers us the catchy "Paradise", the gorgeous "You Say You Don't Love Me" and it's b-side "Raison D'etre". Steve gives us some of his best and strangest material to date, the great "You Know You Can't Help It", complete with dodgy lyrics, "Sitting Round At Home" and the insane "Mad Mad Judy".

This album really comes alive on side two. I've always thought of side two as Pete Shelley's Depression Suite. Pete was obviously starting to go a bit barmy around this time, though his songwriting was going from strength to strength. "I Don't KNow What To Do With My Life" starts the whole proceedings off. Next we get "Money" with it's almost Funky Drummer rhythm. This segues into "Hollow Inside", which if isn't written by a manic depressive then I'll eat my hat! The title track is just, though I don't really mean "just" a list of opposites sung by Shelley. He even goes all Kraftwerk on us at one point with a use of a vocoder, though it's hardly Man Machine, so Ralf and Florian didn't have to worry too much. Next comes the albums Tour De Force, the fantastic "I Believe". A seven minute wonder which includes some of Pete's finest lyrics. His pain clear at the end with a monologue of "there is no love in this world anymore".
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