- Audio CD (February 4, 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00004T4AX
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Age Of Consent Original recording reissued
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Smalltown Boy is a poignant story about a young man leaving home and parents who can't understand homosexuality, whereas Why? is a HI-NRG rant against discrimination and hatred. Ain't Necessarily So is a brilliant re-working of the Gershwin classic, whereas the other, non-single tracks each have enough oomph in them to be singles. Junk sees Jimi using the lower end of his vocal range, and is comparable to Steinski & Mass Media's I'll Be Right Back (popular at the time). The best version of I Feel Love is of course the one with Marc Almond which is inspired in its incorporation of Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby and John Leyton's Johnny Remember Me.
It would be easy to pigeonhole the Bronskis as a 'gay group' but there is much more to them than that. The superb musicianship of Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbacheck puts them in a class of their own in terms of 1980s synthesiser music, and the crunchy sounding square-waves still sound fresh nearly twenty years later. The lyrical sophistication and idiosyncratic singing of Jimi Somerville lifts this up above its contemporaries, telling a story that needed to be told and still holds up today. Mike Thorne's production also deserves a mention as he hits the right balance between vocal and instrumental prominence. The remixes are just superb, particularly Why, with its kettledrum solo being one of the best extended versions I have heard.
My only regret is that they didn't accept my offer to take over from Jimi when he left!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
unit sucks never again a TAKAGI, SERVICE SUCKS EVEN MORE.Published 21 months ago by Casey Van der Linden
If you're looking for the CD version of the Hundreds & Thousands vinyl LP then this is the CD to buy. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Ken Mosher
I was going through my old Album collection looking for stuff I wanted to buy on CD and forgot all about this one. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by Steve J.
"Bronski Beat-The Complete Jimmy Sommerville Year" could have been the name of this reissue if they had simply made this a 2 disc set with ALL the recordings and remixes. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Daniel W. Kelly
Ah, to be in the 80's again: young, beautiful, moussed haired, tight and toned and dancing like a fool at the alternative lifestyle clubs with the cutest boys in town.... Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by J. Ridner
Great album. Bronski Beat is so totally identified with disco and this album has all the best.Published on October 4, 2007 by M. P. Mattheisen
I didnt get this group, when they and i were both in our 20s. I was a soul boy, and they seemed british synth pop. I was also a music snob, so there you are. Read morePublished on March 30, 2007 by HughGoBoy
"Why" is one of those rarities: A song that is so visual in its rhythms that you can't help but dream of making its music video. Read morePublished on October 2, 2005 by Alex