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All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
When they recorded the follow-up to their surprisingly successful debut, the members of Visage appeared to be dealing from a position of strength. But the dance club-fueled, style-obsessed new romantic movement that had propelled the group to success in England was already crumbling, and frontman Steve Strange had begun to take his role as the movement's figurehead a little too seriously. The Anvil, rumored to be the subject of a multi-million dollar feature film a project that never materialized, emphasizes Strange's penchant for melancholy and melodrama. Where the band's debut undercut such pretensions with humorous tracks like the twangy "Malpaso Man," only one tune here ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
When they recorded the follow-up to their surprisingly successful debut, the members of Visage appeared to be dealing from a position of strength. But the dance club-fueled, style-obsessed new romantic movement that had propelled the group to success in England was already crumbling, and frontman Steve Strange had begun to take his role as the movement's figurehead a little too seriously. The Anvil, rumored to be the subject of a multi-million dollar feature film a project that never materialized, emphasizes Strange's penchant for melancholy and melodrama. Where the band's debut undercut such pretensions with humorous tracks like the twangy "Malpaso Man," only one tune here -- "Night Train," with a rubbery bassline and blasts of brass backing a tongue-in-cheek tale of intrigue -- dares to take liberties with Visage's moody image. Still, with backing from the same core of post-punk all-stars Ultravox's Midge Ure -- who co-produced the album -- and violinist Billy Currie, as well as Magazine keyboardist Dave Formula, Strange and drummer Rusty Egan sound just as good as before, and despite once again closing an album with a forgettable instrumental "Whispers", almost all the band's efforts on The Anvil are extremely well-crafted synth pop. Two, in fact, are essential new wave artifacts. The title track takes a despairing look around clubland, setting Strange's best-ever lyric to a grim parody of a hit in the meat market disco it describes; it suggests he'd become disillusioned with the scene that had spawned Visage. "The Damned Don't Cry," meanwhile, is even better, a ghostly groove that comes closer than anyone would have thought possible to recapturing the haunted magnificence of "Fade to Grey," the band's signature hit. [Cherry Pop's 2008 reissue included six bonus remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • EAN: 5013929420625
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 61,613

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Damned Don't Cry (4:44)
  2. 2 Anvil (Night Club School) (4:40)
  3. 3 Move Up (4:25)
  4. 4 Night Train (4:32)
  5. 5 The Horseman (4:43)
  6. 6 Look What They've Done (4:51)
  7. 7 Again We Love (4:44)
  8. 8 Wild Life (4:26)
  9. 9 Whispers (5:41)
  10. 10 We Move (6:31)
  11. 11 Frequency 7 (5:05)
  12. 12 The Damned Don't Cry (5:45)
  13. 13 Motivation (3:51)
  14. 14 I'm Still Searching (3:41)
  15. 15 The Mind of a Toy (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Visage Primary Artist
Barry Adamson Bass
Midge Ure Group Member
Gary Barnacle Saxophone
Rusty Egan Group Member
Technical Credits
Midge Ure Producer
John Hudson Engineer
Peter Woods Electronic Assistant
Peter Saville Presentation
Anthony Price Clothing Design
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