Skip the Foreplay

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Pan/Tone's return to full-length work after a five-year break is part progression, part recapitulation -- no sin as such, since in part it is the continuity of the ever echoing sonic impact of house and techno that keeps the live-wire nature of that music alive rather than being a museum. Sometimes the nods are a bit overt -- the "Revised Mix" of "Dirty Deeds" seems to call the dawn of the '90s back note for note -- but at its best, Skip the Foreplay is a good listen, though perhaps not a great one. When thought of as a collection of individual parts, though, it can often be stellar. Interestingly, Depeche Mode's prime mid-'80s work gets referenced not once but twice, on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Pan/Tone's return to full-length work after a five-year break is part progression, part recapitulation -- no sin as such, since in part it is the continuity of the ever echoing sonic impact of house and techno that keeps the live-wire nature of that music alive rather than being a museum. Sometimes the nods are a bit overt -- the "Revised Mix" of "Dirty Deeds" seems to call the dawn of the '90s back note for note -- but at its best, Skip the Foreplay is a good listen, though perhaps not a great one. When thought of as a collection of individual parts, though, it can often be stellar. Interestingly, Depeche Mode's prime mid-'80s work gets referenced not once but twice, on both "Lost Highways" and even more clearly on "Touchy-Feely," while the schaffel trend that group predicted with its monstrous single "Personal Jesus" informs this album's "Muckefuk." Still, it's hardly just a tribute to Basildon's finest -- thus "Touchy-Feely" also plays around with male and female vocals, mostly wordless, that evoke emotional ecstasy in deft ways, while "Shame" and its full-on retro funk guitars not to mention a lovely synth string break and the '70s synth noises on "Makers Mark" show Pan/Tone's ear for all kinds of dance possibilities old and new. Other songs of note include "Broken English" -- not a cover of Marianne Faithfull, instead more of a dinky science documentary theme interpretation and why not? -- and the fine closer, "Street Meat."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Cereal Killers
  • UPC: 880319305320
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 260,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perdon Pan/Tone (5:11)
  2. 2 Shame (7:03)
  3. 3 Makers Mark (7:33)
  4. 4 Lost Highways (5:57)
  5. 5 Clean Getaway (7:35)
  6. 6 Touchy-Feely (4:53)
  7. 7 Broken English (5:10)
  8. 8 Dirty Deeds (8:35)
  9. 9 Muckefuk (6:52)
  10. 10 Donner Kebab (5:18)
  11. 11 Falcon & The Snowman (7:02)
  12. 12 Street Meat (7:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pan/Tone Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Pan/Tone Audio Production
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