Modern English – After the Snow

ARTIST: Modern English 220px-After_the_Snow_-_Modern_English

TITLE: After the Snow

YEAR RELEASED: 1982

CHART ACTION: #70 US, #13 UK Indie

SINGLES: Life in the Gladhouse (#26 UK Indie), I Melt with You (#78 US, #60 Dance, #7 US Rock, #18 UK Indie), Someone’s Calling (#43 UK Indie)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I don’t think so.

LINEUP: Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Michael Conroy, Richard Brown, Stephen Walker

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Post-punk band emphasizes more keyboards, and brightens their sound, and record one of the 80’s MTV anthems.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Had you not gotten your MTV yet, but somehow got this album from a UK post-punk friend, you’d notice that the first side was a better, brighter sounding rendition of their gothy, moody tunes – more in line with their singles than their album tracks. Still, arty and all that. Not pop records, really.

Then, Side 2 has THAT SONG. You know….”I Melt with You”. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the album is kind of filler-y and back to the ol’ moody atmosphere. THAT SONG overwhelms everything.

There are nice nuggets on Side 1, essential listening for you gothy post-punkers out there. In fact, I bought this after hearing “Face of Wood” being played in a record store. But, 80’s new wavers may be disappointed.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: For some damn reason, the band remade “I Melt with You” in 1990 and don’t even think about it.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, different mixes and B-sides

 GRADE B+: Better than their debut and it has THAT SONG. Since no compilation is streaming now, just grab this and be done with them.

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