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All of This and Nothing based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The Furs had a unique sound that was somewhat eclipsed by peers whose product proved a bit more ''commercial''. At the core of this sound was Richard Butler and his soft growling vocals: imagine the less nasal-sounding Brit cousin of Bob Dylan. Half of the tracks on this collection are either early tunes such as ''President Gas'' that seem clunky and dated now, or the later, glossier tracks more in line with the conventional marketplace, such as ''Heaven'' and ''Heartbreak Beat (which, I admit, I love!). But, between these are several tracks which truly stand out: ''All That Money Wants'' is anchored by simple, yet extremely catchy guitar work that rambles along, and is the perfect backdrop for Butlers' eerie vocals. ''Love My Way'' sounds even better now than when it was first released. Unique then, it has even more character when freed of the original era. The slow, painful vocals, edgy guitar ( not complex, but perfect for the mood), restrained (by '80's standards) keyboards, and that weird xylophone combine to make music that is beautiful to listen to, in a style that is utterly missing today. 80's music? Yes! Guilt? No!