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Album Review

Perhaps a more consistent collection overall than the first album, this one demonstrates that the duo was anything but played out. While both have gone on to successful careers, you can't help regretting that this was the end of Yaz.

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A necessary album for anyone and everyone

I hear people say that Upstairs at Erics, Yazoo's first album, is the better of the two. If you're grading these albums on artistry, than that might be true. The first album sounds a bit more experimental, particularly on tracks "in Your Room" and "I before E except after C". And their biggest hit stateside was "SItuation", also on Upstairs at Erics.

Having said that, this album flows much better. Each song is pop perfection, and worthy of commercial release as a single. "Nobody's Diary"is the strongest track, and wisely opens the album. Its followed by my personal favorite Yazoo song, "Softly over". This track has haunting lyrics and a beautiful melody. I just love this song so much, I can't overplay it. Its melancholy in the best possible way.

"Sweet Thing" and "Good TImes" are almost R&B in their soulfullness, both are fantastic tracks, and "Mr Blue" and Walk away from love" are more examples of poptastic pleasure at its most pleasurable.

"Ode to boy" is probably the closest thing to a love ballad for Yazoo, but its way better than any ballad I've ever heard. The sparse music ebbs and flows with a sexual tension. The lyrics add fuel to the flames. "Everything he seems to do reflects just another shade of blue - I saw him searching into you, and ached awhile." Nice.

"Unmarked" is another personal favorite, and probably the only song that might be less "radio friendly", but only because of the subject matter. The song comes close to being political with its anti-war message. But in a good way. "Think you're something special, but we'll make you just the same. There's nothing wrong in dying, after its just a game. Just a game!"

"Anyone" is another song worthy of the ballad label I suppose, although unlike "Ode To Boy", this song is breathing with despair and emptiness. A beautiful track, that luckily made it to the remastered Greatest Hits album.

The album version of "State Farm" pales in comparison to the Madhouse Mix that was first made available on the SItuation maxi single. Once you've heard the energized Madhouse Mix, this version sits on your plate like a couple overcooked eggs. Its edible, but your not going to completely enjoy it because you've eaten here before and you know it can taste better.

Closing is a song about attending a friends funeral. "And on".. the song has a very sad feeling on a topical level, but underneath are glimpses of hope. The line "I'm so glad that you left us now, before you had the chance to die" is quite amazing and poetic actually.

What I am trying to say, is when you ignore my slightly rough critique of "State Farm", every track on this album is essential, and you should just splurge and buy the whole darn thing. Once you've bought it, google the original album art of two dalmations who appear to be quarreling in the snow, and update your file. Its just too good of album art to not correct. The art iTunes has used is from the 1999 compilation album Best Of.

That is all. I hope you enjoy one of my favorite albums from the early 80s.

Must own

Heard this while on an airplane on my way to mexico in 9th grade and changed my taste in music for the good.

um, that's the wrong cover guys...

itunes once again slips in the details department...classic album wrong cover! (i suppose you could just download it and replace the album art yourself but...geez)

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Basildon, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '00s

Yazoo, known in the U.S. as Yaz, were a short-lived but quite successful '80s synth pop duo. They formed in 1981, after synthesizer player Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode; Clarke had penned almost all of the band's debut album, Speak & Spell, including the Top Ten U.K. hit "I Just Can't Get Enough." Moyet, who previously played in an assortment of bands, had recently exited the Screamin' Ab Dabs and placed an ad in Melody Maker seeking new creative partners. The lone response came from Clarke. The...
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