11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Ever since 1982's household smash ""I Melt With You,"" Modern English has been locked in one-hit-wonder status. Forward to 2010 and Soundtrack surfaces as their first studio album since 1996's Everything Is Mad. This time around Modern English re-explore ‘80s-flavored new wave in the spirit of ""I Melt With You"" but with witty themes, subtle hooks and thoughtful lyrics. Singer Robbie Grey and keyboardist turned guitar player Steven Walker are the only founding members left, but Hugh Jones, the original producer of ""I Melt With You,"" came back to mix this album — and he's since worked with Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen, That Petrol Emotion and Pale Saints amongst others — so beginning with the very jangly (and very English) ""It's OK,"" Soundtrack harks back to those bygone days when the 4AD label was stylistically consistent. Anyone who was in high school during the '80s might recall the smell of clove cigarettes after listening to the danceable ""Blister"" while more moody pieces like ""The Lowdown"" and ""Antique Future"" beg for birthing another chapter of This Mortal Coil."

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Ever since 1982's household smash ""I Melt With You,"" Modern English has been locked in one-hit-wonder status. Forward to 2010 and Soundtrack surfaces as their first studio album since 1996's Everything Is Mad. This time around Modern English re-explore ‘80s-flavored new wave in the spirit of ""I Melt With You"" but with witty themes, subtle hooks and thoughtful lyrics. Singer Robbie Grey and keyboardist turned guitar player Steven Walker are the only founding members left, but Hugh Jones, the original producer of ""I Melt With You,"" came back to mix this album — and he's since worked with Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen, That Petrol Emotion and Pale Saints amongst others — so beginning with the very jangly (and very English) ""It's OK,"" Soundtrack harks back to those bygone days when the 4AD label was stylistically consistent. Anyone who was in high school during the '80s might recall the smell of clove cigarettes after listening to the danceable ""Blister"" while more moody pieces like ""The Lowdown"" and ""Antique Future"" beg for birthing another chapter of This Mortal Coil."

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