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Visage - Visage (1980)

Electronic, Pop | Author: vicor 61 | 14-07-2017, 18:11
Visage - Visage (1980)
Artist: Visage
Title Of Album: Visage
Year Of Release: 1980
Label (Catalog#): Polydor, PolyGram [800 029-2]
Country: England
Genre: New Wave, Synth Pop
Quality: FLAC (*tracks+.cue,.log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 39:21
Full Size: 254 MB

With its evocative French female vocals, distant sirens and pulsing layers of synthesizers, "Fade to Grey" is genuinely haunting, the definite high point for Visage and their followers. But the band's self-titled debut is a consistently fine creation, alternating between tunes that share the eerie ambience of "Fade to Grey" ("Mind of a Toy," "Blocks on Blocks") and others that show off a more muscular brand of dance-rock (the title track, filled with thundering electronic tom-tom fills, and the sax-packed instrumental "The Dancer"). Strange and drummer/nightclub partner Rusty Egan had wisely surrounded themselves with top-level talent, primarily drawn from the bands Ultravox and Magazine, and the excellent playing of contributors like guitarists Midge Ure and John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, synthesist Dave Formula, and, especially, electric violinist Billy Currie, all of whom give the album a depth unmatched by most contemporaneous techno-pop. And despite the group's frequently dramatic pose, Strange and his bandmates were hardly humorless; the first single, "Tar," is a witty anti-smoking advertisement, while the Eastwood homage "Malpaso Man" adds some incongruous cowboy twang to the dance beats. Only the closing track, the instrumental "The Steps," is inconsequential -- the rest of Visage proves the new romantics left a legacy that transcends their costumes and makeup.


01. Visage 3:53
02. Blocks On Blocks 4:00
03. The Dancer 3:40
04. Tar 3:32
05. Fade To Grey 4:00
06. Malpaso Man 4:14
07. Mind Of A Toy 4:28
08. Moon Over Moscow 4:00
09. Visa-age 4:18
10. The Steps 3:14

Steve Strange - vocals
Midge Ure - guitar, keyboards, bass
Billy Currie - violin, keyboards
John McGeoch - guitar, saxophone
Rusty Egan - drums, percussion
Dave Formula - keyboards
Barry Adamson - bass

Visage - Visage (1980)

Visage - Visage (1980)

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