Infected

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Infected's sound still suggests dance-pop, especially on the title track. But don't get the impression that it's made for dancing. Instead of the light fare displayed on Soul Mining, Infected's songs seethe instead of preen, and Matt Johnson's lyrics are laced with tension. Thematically, he plunges a lance into the exposed midsection of Great Britain, analyzing the state of modern urban life in the country. "This is the land where nothing changes," Johnson sings on the World Party-ish "Heartland." "A land of red buses and blue bloody babies/This is the place where the hearts are being cut from the welfare state." "Angels of Deception" matches rain-slicked verses to a ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Infected's sound still suggests dance-pop, especially on the title track. But don't get the impression that it's made for dancing. Instead of the light fare displayed on Soul Mining, Infected's songs seethe instead of preen, and Matt Johnson's lyrics are laced with tension. Thematically, he plunges a lance into the exposed midsection of Great Britain, analyzing the state of modern urban life in the country. "This is the land where nothing changes," Johnson sings on the World Party-ish "Heartland." "A land of red buses and blue bloody babies/This is the place where the hearts are being cut from the welfare state." "Angels of Deception" matches rain-slicked verses to a powerful chorus flavored with gospel backup singers and enormous reverb percussion. With production tricks like this, Infected aligns itself with the dance-pop sound of its predecessor and the prevailing sound of British pop music at the time. But there's no denying the record's acerbic lyricism or dark-toned instrumentation. "Sweet Bird of Truth" is gritty pop tinged with wartime radio chatter and muscular horns that somehow manage to be apocalyptic, and the sweaty finale "Mercy Beat" has a drink with the devil while dance-pop burns brightly in the background, sending embers into the London night sky. Synthesized horns and crashing drums converge around a mirthful Johnson lyric before the song finally fades to the weird tones of a looped guitar. Infected was the first true indication of Johnson's mercurial nature, and established the dissonance and reinvention of his later work. [The 2002 Sony reissue of Infected features 24-bit remastering.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644047127
  • Catalog Number: 40471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Infected (4:48)
  2. 2 Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire) - Astarti String Orchestra (5:12)
  3. 3 Heartland - Astarti String Orchestra (5:05)
  4. 4 Angels Of Deception (4:37)
  5. 5 Sweet Bird of Truth (5:21)
  6. 6 Slow Train To Dawn (4:14)
  7. 7 Twilight Of A Champion (4:23)
  8. 8 The Mercy Beat (7:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The The Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bob Mintzer Saxophone
Anna Domino Background Vocals
Matt Johnson Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Guy Barker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Pete Beachill Trombone
Neneh Cherry Vocals
David Clayton Bass
Dave Defries Trumpet
Steve Hogarth Piano
Judd Lander Harmonica
Warne Livesey Organ, Bass, Background Vocals
Roli Mosimann Percussion
Tessa Niles Vocals, Background Vocals
David Palmer Drums
Andrew Poppy Conductor
Ashley Slater Trombone
Jamie Talbot Saxophone
John Thirkell Trumpet
Zeke Manyika Vocals, Background Vocals
John Eacott Trumpet
Louis Jardine Percussion
Steve Aitken Trombone
Andy Blake Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Cline Bass, Acoustic Bass
Croquets Background Vocals
Deaf Section Brass
John Edcott Trumpet
Dan Brown Electric Bass
Steve Brown Bass, Vocals
Astarti String Orchestra Track Performer
Phillip Eastop French Horn
Technical Credits
Matt Johnson Producer
Jack Skinner Mastering
Anne Dudley Arranger
Gary Langan Producer, Engineer
Warne Livesey Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Roli Mosimann Programming, Producer
Steve Peck Engineer
Andrew Poppy Brass Arrangment
Phillip Eastop Contributor
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