Soft Cell *Happiness Not Included LP (Color Vinyl)
Soft Cell *Happiness Not Included LP (Color Vinyl)
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: BMG
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

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Soft Cell *Happiness Not Included LP (Color Vinyl)

Soft Cell

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SKU:
BMGLP04549
UPC:
4050538704549

Coming February 25, 2022 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

First New Album In Nearly 20 Years!
Pressed On Color Vinyl!

Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball are set to return with their fifth studio album, *Happiness Not Included. It represents their first new album since they issued Cruelty Without Beauty back in 2002.

One play of *Happiness Not Included reveals all of the traits that fans first adored Soft Cell for: that distinctive and striking balance between light and shade, hope and despair, the personal and the universal. Highlights include the yearning, airy pop of "Purple Zone" which contrasts its uplifting sonics with Almond's darkly doomed lyrics, while "Light Sleepers" drifts with a daydream elegance that neatly matches its subject matter. Elsewhere, "Bruises On My Illusions" is bigger and more abrasive, its baroque-tinged synth energy elevated by theatrical vocal harmonies, while the pure grandeur of "New Eden" closes with the album on a suitably cinematic note.

"New Eden" best encapsulates the album's themes as Almond sings, "All those plans we made in the '60s... Seem naïve now we've grown older / Leaving we're leaving looking for the New Eden." Changing perceptions of the passing of time are a recurring theme throughout. At various points, Almond explores the disappointment of a future that never materialized, reflects on his experiences at The Factory, expresses disillusionment at the modern media landscape, and comes to accept that life isn't eternal.

"In this album I wanted to look at us as a society: a place where we have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality and decency, food before the rights of animals, fanaticism before fairness and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others. But in the album there is also a belief that there is a utopia if we can peel back the layers and understand what really matters." - Marc Almond

"Recorded remotely during a world pandemic. Science fiction stories for the 21st century." - Dave Ball

Features

  • First Album in Nearly 20 Years
  • Vinyl LP
  • Color Vinyl

Selections

Side A:

  1. Happy Happy
  2. Polaroid
  3. Bruises On My Illusions
  4. Purple Zone
  5. Heart Like Chernobyl
  6. Light Sleepers

Side B:

  1. Happiness Not Included
  2. Nostalgia Machine
  3. I'm Not a Friend of God
  4. Tranquiliser
  5. New Eden
Description

Coming February 25, 2022 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

First New Album In Nearly 20 Years!
Pressed On Color Vinyl!

Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball are set to return with their fifth studio album, *Happiness Not Included. It represents their first new album since they issued Cruelty Without Beauty back in 2002.

One play of *Happiness Not Included reveals all of the traits that fans first adored Soft Cell for: that distinctive and striking balance between light and shade, hope and despair, the personal and the universal. Highlights include the yearning, airy pop of "Purple Zone" which contrasts its uplifting sonics with Almond's darkly doomed lyrics, while "Light Sleepers" drifts with a daydream elegance that neatly matches its subject matter. Elsewhere, "Bruises On My Illusions" is bigger and more abrasive, its baroque-tinged synth energy elevated by theatrical vocal harmonies, while the pure grandeur of "New Eden" closes with the album on a suitably cinematic note.

"New Eden" best encapsulates the album's themes as Almond sings, "All those plans we made in the '60s... Seem naïve now we've grown older / Leaving we're leaving looking for the New Eden." Changing perceptions of the passing of time are a recurring theme throughout. At various points, Almond explores the disappointment of a future that never materialized, reflects on his experiences at The Factory, expresses disillusionment at the modern media landscape, and comes to accept that life isn't eternal.

"In this album I wanted to look at us as a society: a place where we have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality and decency, food before the rights of animals, fanaticism before fairness and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others. But in the album there is also a belief that there is a utopia if we can peel back the layers and understand what really matters." - Marc Almond

"Recorded remotely during a world pandemic. Science fiction stories for the 21st century." - Dave Ball

Features

  • First Album in Nearly 20 Years
  • Vinyl LP
  • Color Vinyl

Selections

Side A:

  1. Happy Happy
  2. Polaroid
  3. Bruises On My Illusions
  4. Purple Zone
  5. Heart Like Chernobyl
  6. Light Sleepers

Side B:

  1. Happiness Not Included
  2. Nostalgia Machine
  3. I'm Not a Friend of God
  4. Tranquiliser
  5. New Eden
ISBN
PREORDER
ASSOC
R
Genre
Pop Rock
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
Soft Cell
Title
*Happiness Not Included
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
1
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
10-01-2021
Release Date
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Preorder
Format
Vinyl
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