Pindrop

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Passage's first album was actually a solo affair in many ways, as Dick Witts' original bandmates had chosen other pastures by the time of its recording. As a result, Pindrop is rather unlike anything the band recorded elsewhere, and even more to the point is one of the most strikingly unusual debuts recorded. If the tools of his compositions -- synthesizers and drums for the most part -- weren't particularly surprising in 1980, his arrangements and songwriting approaches were, combined with an intentionally befuddling and murky mix that placed an emphasis on overall atmosphere instead of direct impact. It isn't a one-note album by any means, however, and sometimes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Passage's first album was actually a solo affair in many ways, as Dick Witts' original bandmates had chosen other pastures by the time of its recording. As a result, Pindrop is rather unlike anything the band recorded elsewhere, and even more to the point is one of the most strikingly unusual debuts recorded. If the tools of his compositions -- synthesizers and drums for the most part -- weren't particularly surprising in 1980, his arrangements and songwriting approaches were, combined with an intentionally befuddling and murky mix that placed an emphasis on overall atmosphere instead of direct impact. It isn't a one-note album by any means, however, and sometimes things can turn on a dime from layered keyboards loops that suggest Suicide's obsessive focus to distant, dislocated vocals and melodies over unsettling basslines. Witts' various lyrical foci on overwhelming emotional extremity and meditations on power and control -- one track, "Anderton's Hall," is one of several songs he wrote regarding Manchester police chief James Anderton -- in many cases require, not merely reward, close listening; his high-pitched voice sliding under the minimal textures and to-the-point rhythms. At times the music suggests a beautiful, unexpected fragility -- note how the sudden breaks on "Carnal" echo the shimmering textures of Joy Division's "Atmosphere," for instance -- while at other points, the muffled and played-down nature of the vocal notwithstanding, a sudden snarling passion will rip out of Witts like a wake-up call. The LTM reissue of the album contains a slew of bonuses for the aficionado; the band's debut EPs with the original lineup, including the blunt lust of "Love Song," and a six-song radio session from 1981 including a slew of otherwise unavailable songs from a mini-cycle called "A Good and Useful Life."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2003
  • Label: Ltm
  • EAN: 5024545228427
  • Catalog Number: 2356
  • Sales rank: 137,531

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fear (2:17)
  2. 2 Troops Out (2:07)
  3. 3 Carnal (3:03)
  4. 4 Watching You Dance (3:27)
  5. 5 Hunt (3:20)
  6. 6 Anderton's Hall (1:47)
  7. 7 From the Heart (2:16)
  8. 8 Locust (3:28)
  9. 9 2711 (3:10)
  10. 10 16 Hours (3:06)
  11. 11 Carmen (1:46)
  12. 12 A Certain Way to Go (2:54)
  13. 13 Prelude (3:34)
  14. 14 Love Song (1:46)
  15. 15 Competition (1:45)
  16. 16 $Lit Machine (1:29)
  17. 17 New Kind of Love (1:43)
  18. 18 Taking My Time (2:42)
  19. 19 Clock Paradox (2:32)
  20. 20 16 Hours (3:33)
  21. 21 Time Delay (3:30)
  22. 22 Mr Terror, Chief of Police (3:20)
  23. 23 My One Request (2:55)
  24. 24 The Beginning, The Dawn (3:44)
  25. 25 A Man Set Out (3:18)
  26. 26 Tangled (4:19)
  27. 27 Shave Your Head (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Passage Primary Artist
Tony Friel Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Lorraine Hilton Keyboards
Dick Witts Synthesizer, Drums, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Passage Producer
David Cunningham Producer
Tony Friel Composer
Stuart James Producer
Paul Adshead Engineer
James Nice Liner Notes
David Cunningham Producer
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