WHAT-IS: "The Art of Falling Apart is the second full-length album released in 1983 by Soft Cell, a pioneering synthpop/new wave duo which featured Marc Almond singing and David Ball playing synthesizers. The album reached #5 on the UK charts upon release, although its two singles "Where the Heart Is" and "Numbers" both failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo's run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK." [Wiki]
While the world may remember Soft Cell for their "Tainted Love" track (how many of you know the title of their first album this track came from?), their second album release seems largely ignored by the generic public (save for fans of the electro-duo, of course). Produced by Soft Cell and Mike Thorne - the song selection is this album seemed less intense and "sexual" versus their first release, and is in fact more radio-friendly than I had ever expected from them, without missing the torch-song emo-ness - now infused with an ever slight-taste of 'pop', which works decently for me anyways.
I've managed to snag a near-complete video of the song-list for this album, with the exception of Side B's "Kitchen Sink Drama". I reckon by now, Soft Cell had turned more tv-friendly and we're seeing a lot more of "live" performances sans the frills and "gimmicks" from their beloved "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret" album.
FOREVER THE SAME
WHERE THE HEART IS
LOVING YOU HATING ME
THE ART OF FALLING APART