One of the tightest albums ever from A Certain Ratio – a set that has them drawing on their 70s funk inspirations even more than before – and really finding a way to focus the soulful side of their talents! In a way, the sound here is a bit like that taken by Gang Of Four over the course of their short early career – a start in punk blooming strongly in funk – with lots of basslines at the bottom, and songs that aren't as dark as before – surprisingly tuneful at times, and even with a bit of guest vocals from Corrine Drewery in her pre-Swing Out Sister years! Not surprisingly, Drewery and ACR
member Andrew Connell would take this brand of jazz funk even farther in that group – but here, in a Factory Records setting, things still have a nice edge that ties them to their roots. Titles include "Naked & White", "Bootsy", "And Then She Smiles", "Only Together", "Take Me Down", and "Anthem".
(Limited edition yellow vinyl – with download!)