ABC, The Lexicon of Love (1982)
It wasn’t until the deluxe edition CD version – nearly a decade ago – that I heard this full album and got (rather) hooked on it. I knew the big singles, loved (and still love) album opener, Show Me and Poison Arrow and The Look of Love – but I couldn’t have ever really said I was a fan of ABC (I did always like that When Smokey Sings song though too…) Anyway, as is often (nearly always) the case with deluxe editions, much as they slap you about the chops and say oi! Acknowledge this, ya jerk! They also start to get a bit dull rather quickly, all that leftover shit that’s been tacked on shoulda stayed tacked off as leftover shit, right? So it was a smart move when, recently, I stumped for the LP – just the original LP with its nearly-concept glee, with its Best David Bowie Album and Best Bryan Ferry Album of The 1980s All-in-One shtick. Oh, it’s so totally a shtick – but I fucking love it. Good on ya, Trevor Horn.
Sample Track: 4 Ever 2 Gether
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