Label: Factory - Fact 16 • Format: Cassette Album Grey Pouch, Grey Shells • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Leftfield, New Wave
One key difference is that A Certain Ratio has a more pronounced funk influence, which makes their music more danceable. Another difference is that Topping's lyrics, more abstract and even humorous albeit in a dark, quirky way are less dramatic than Curtis'. The Graveyard and the Ballroom, compiled from Please Please - Various - Dee Jay Star - Festivalbar 84 collection of early four-track recordings and a set of live tracks, shows off A Certain Ratio's strengths well.
The sound is surprisingly good for such lo-fi recordings, and the band is, for all of their musical amateurishness, rather precise and controlled.
Unfortunately, that highlights a key flaw of the album: Too often, it is accomplished enough to be intriguing, but never all that gripping. By emphasizing rhythm over melody, A Certain Ratio makes music that is interesting and danceable, but not hugely compelling. It's mechanically well-played, with quirky, interesting lyrics that never really seem to add up to anything more than an attention-grabbing sound.
Nonetheless, those seeking an idiosyncratic, interesting art-funk band can do no wrong with this release, even if it ultimately falls short of any meaning beyond quirky experimentalism.
Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Late Night Imagination Club Partying.
Track Listing. Do the Du. A Certain Ratio. Crippled Child. The Fox - A Certain Ratio - The Graveyard And The Ballroom Fail. All Night Party. The Fox.
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