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2007 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the third album from the Post-Punk band led by former Buzzcocks vocalist Howard Devoto. Originally released in 1980, this reissue now features four bonus tracks: 'Twenty Years Ago', 'Book', 'Upside Down' and 'The Light Pours Out Of Me' (Single Version). Virgin.

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline World Service
  • ASIN: B000LZ6DPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Kozlowski on May 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw Magazine in Washington DC on the tour supporting the original release of this album and they were amazing. Over the years, I've never lost contact with the music comprising the Correct Use of Soap and this album still stands as one of my all time favorites.

Howard Devoto has an almost literary lyrical style which, to my ears at least, still stands unique among his popular music contemporaries and well beyond. His lyrics are playful, whimsical, evocative and thought provoking at the same time. Franz Kafka with a sense of humor describes it best for me. Musically, The Correct Use of Soap is a strange mashup of influences from the post-punk era from which it hailed, to jazz and almost cabaret in places. I have always loved John McGeoch's searing, yet very restrained, guitar work and Barry Adamson bass playing in nothing short of magical on this album.

If I were forced to live out my remaining years on a desert island and could only take only ten albums with me, The Correct Use of Soap would most definitely be on my list. The music contained herein is not dated or anachronistic in any way. It's still as awe inspiring and vital as the day I first heard it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Hilgart on October 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
THE NEW REISSUES OVERALL:

SOUND: The mastering job makes a noticeable difference. The mix remains true to the originals, but there's more definition around the edges of each part - resulting in more powerful dynamics and an overall clearer sound. They refrained from maxing out the volume, which also helps with the dynamics.

MUSICAL CONTENT: They did it exactly right. Every non-album studio-recorded a-side and b-side has been slotted onto the ends of the appropriate albums. Previously, you had to buy the four albums, the non-album collection "Scree," and an additional disc to get the original a-side version of "Shot By Both Sides." (There was a great live 3-song b-side on an e.p., which is now only available on "Scree." Some alternate 2002 mixes of "Magic Murder and the Weather" songs are only available on the boxed set, "Maybe It's Right to be Nervous Now." The third disc of that box - the complete Peel Sessions - was released as a stand-alone cd in November, 2008.)

PACKAGING UPSIDE: Magazine had great album covers, but the Virgin cds all printed a diagonal banner across them indicating that they were budget cds. So that has been rectified. Also, the new cds come in clear jewel boxes and have nice artwork adaptations beneath the cds (which also have album-specific graphics on them). Typography on the spines is also specific to the albums and their visual aesthetic.

PACKAGING DOWNSIDE: The Virgin cds did a good job of adapting the back covers of the albums for the jewel box, and only the new "Correct Use of Soap" really tries to do that (poorly). The printing job is okay but not great. The typography on "Soap" and "Magic" is a little wonky, and the background color on "Soap" far more yellow than the original artwork/album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carnelian on January 7, 2008
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This is one of the greatest post-punk albums ever. The guitar work of the late John McGeoch is stunning! I won't go on and on about this, I'll just say if you're a fan of post-punk and new wave music, this is a MUST OWN CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acupunk on October 29, 2009
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How sad that there are only six review of a recording that still sounds as fresh as it did almost 30 years ago. Anyone who owns a Radiohead, Arcade Fire, or Killers record should own this.As a matter of fact, anyone who loves music should own this.
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This third album by the legendary band Magazine is generally considered more accessible than Real Life or Secondhand Daylight. There's something almost classical in the arrangements and the playing although the music still has the punk edge, especially on songs like Because You're Frightened and Model Worker. This edition has been enhanced by bonus tracks.

You Never Knew Me with Laura Teresa's atmospheric backing vocals is particularly graceful and moving. Ever the poet, Devoto rhymes "philadelphia" with "healthier" on the song of that title. I Want To Burn Again has its eerie moments and the arrangement, especially the swirling cascading synths, reminds me of what Peter Murphy would do later in the eighties.

The Sly Stone cover Thank You (Fallettin Be Mice Elf Agin) could probably be termed "plastic funk" by analogy with David Bowie's plastic soul on Young Americans. But the highlight of the album for me remains the weird atmospheric Song From Under The Floorboards, a magical number with mysterious hypnotic appeal. To me, it's on a par with Devoto's strange masterpiece called Rubbish on the Luxuria album. Devoto is a man of many talents but unfortunately not prolific enough. This album is therefore to be treasured.
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The music here is less ambitious than it had been on the band's first two LPs. The songs here are centered around DeVoto's vocal lines rather than laying their own groove, and at times sound more like musical cabaret than rock music.

But it's still pretty good stuff. "Because You're Frightened" is the standout track; McGeough's guitar part has a real fire to it, anticipating his work in the "Juju" era Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the whole band works wild kinetic energy onto it. "Song From Under the Floorboards" is catchy; "Model Worker" is wild progressive ska/rock. The rest of the album is interesting in spots. I do have to say - each of those tracks that I've boasted about sounds at least as good on the "Peel Sessions" disc.
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