- 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 (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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 ›
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".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 8 months ago by Lee Wrecker
Circa 1979, things are looking grim for the Buzzcocks. Personal tensions, relentless touring, mounting pressure from the music industry, exhaustion (3 albums in 2 years, plus a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Yeravam Hoshama
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 L. Aaron Dougherty
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 Surly Clotpole
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