Soft Cell - The Art Of Falling Apart

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The title is more than a clever rhyme. The unexpected success of 1982's 'Tainted Love' took the duo of singer Marc Almond and keyboardist Dave Ball off guard and seemingly unprepared for its consequences, and while it's perhaps dangerous to read too much into these songs, it's easy to hear that the duo is in the process of disintegrating and would split within the year. Almond's vocals are much more querulous and melodramatic than before, and as ball's synthesizers move further into cold abstraction, the tension adds a slightly disturbing edge to the music.