Album #483 – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Album #483

Soft Cell’s first album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, was not only ahead of its time but also changed synth pop forever. The album is very much like the title. It is mostly a non-stop party. The album, surprisingly, doesn’t sound like it was produced on the cheap. But it was. The instrumentation consists of a drum machine and a few synthesizers. This was years before home recording was a huge trend in the music business. In fact, today it is much easier to record an album at home than it used to be, thanks to the development of computers. This album features Soft Cell’s only hit, Tainted Love, a synth pop classic. But, the rest of the album fell flat for me. The lyrics were too over the top. While a unique concept, the album looked too much at love and partying. I couldn’t relate to it at all. But, the album is historic. Soft Cell were the first synth pop duo. Many would follow over the next several years including: Yaz or Yazoo, Erasure, Trans X and Kon Kan. The album was definitely capturing life in the early 80’s: exciting, lively and over the top. But, that is all something I cannot relate to. Overall, I give Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, 2.5 out of 5.

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