Soft Cell

Cruelty Without Beauty


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Limited LP : Heavyweight Pink Vinyl

2CD : 2CDs housed in a book sleeve. Featuring almost 160 minutes of music, including brand new 2020 mixes, unreleased/rare remixes plus unreleased live tracks recorded at a triumphant homecoming reunion show in Leeds in 2002. New artwork and sleeve notes, unseen photos, plus fully printed lyrics (for the first time) and other content from the archives.

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Soft Cell’s 2002 reunion album ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ is set for reissue in new expanded and remastered 2CD format, as well as being released on vinyl for the very first time.

Long regarded by many fans as an overlooked masterpiece, the album features a lyrical outlook that was as true to Soft Cell’s maturity and perspective back in 2002 as it is relevant and accurate to the world situation in 2020. Harshly honest, fatalistic and bleakly humorous, Cruelty Without Beauty also preserves the band’s highly distinctive and edgy sound, and stands alongside their greatest work.

The new 2020 version includes tracks originally destined for the album, but for various reasons not on the final cut. It also includes brand new 2020 versions of album highlights Monoculture, Together Alone, Darker Times and Last Chance, updated this year by Dave Ball. Also included are a number of unreleased live versions of album tracks, plus rare remixes.

Cruelty Without Beauty, Soft Cell’s fourth studio album, and the first since their original split in 1984, happened after Marc Almond and Dave Ball reunited in the studio after Dave’s ‘other’ band The Grid (with Richard Norris). They worked with Marc on some tracks from his 1991 Tenement Symphony album, which eventually opened the door for some live Soft Cell dates and a reunion in 2001. As well as this album release in 2002, the band toured the album extensively in the UK, and across Europe and the US, including many festival appearances throughout 2002 and 2003.

The album includes the singles Monoculture and a cover of Frankie Valli & The Four Season’s classic The Night, which became the band’s first Top 40 hit since since 1984.

Most recently in 2018, Soft Cell sold out London’s O2 Arena and were the subject of a career retrospective BBC documentary. They have recently signed to BMG and are currently recording a brand-new album, set for release in 2021. Before then, all of their classic Phonogram-era albums will be reissued in new expanded editions via Universal Music.

Marc Almond commented at the time of the album release ‘I always felt it was an unfinished story, and I’m glad we’re able to write another chapter’.

Dave Ball also commented ‘As soon as we work together, we become Soft Cell, you know’. I don’t know what the magic element is, but it just seems to be there’.

Tracklist

CD 1

  1. Darker Times
    02. Monoculture
    03. Le Grand Cuignol
    04. The Night
    05. Last Chance
    06. Together Alone
    07. Desperate
    08. Whatever It Takes
    09. All Out Of Love
    10. Sensation Nation
    11. Caligua Syndrome
    12. On An Up
    13. Divided Soul
    14. God Shaped Hole
    15. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
    16. Dancing Alone
    17. Perversity

CD 2

  1. Darker Times (2020 Extended Mix)
    02. Together Alone (2020 Extended Mix)
    03. Monoculture (2020 Extended Mix)
    04. Last Chance (2020 Extended Mix)
    05. The Night (Manhattan Clique Remix)
    06. Divided Soul (Live 2002)
    07. Caligula Syndrome (Live, 2002)
    08. The Night (Live, 2002)
    09. Monoculture (Live, 2002)
    10. Le Grand Guignol (Live, 2002)
    11. Together Alone (Live, 2002)
    12. Darker Times (Live, 2002)
    13. God Shaped Hole (Live, 2002)
    14. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime (Live, 2002)
    15. Last Chance (Live at O2 with Mari Wilson, 2018)

LP:

  1. Darker Times
    02. Monoculture
    03. Le Grand Cuignol
    04. The Night
    05. Last Chance
    06. Together Alone
    07. Desperate
    08. Whatever It Takes
    09. All Out Of Love
    10. Sensation Nation
    11. Caligua Syndrome
    12. On An Up
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