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Pop - Released October 15, 1984 | London Music Stream

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Pop - Released October 26, 2018 | London Music Stream

To say The Age of Consent is a great album of dance-oriented synth-pop music is to sell it extremely short; this is simply a great album, period. Jimmy Somerville's soaring tenor may take some getting used to, but the songs, many of them dealing with homophobia and alienation (none more eloquently than "Smalltown Boy"), are compelling vignettes about the vagaries of life as a gay man. Cynics predisposed to dismissing entire genres of music based on trendiness or a limited appeal ("dance music is for dancing, not listening") miss the point in lumping this in with more mindless forays into techno or neo-disco. As the Pet Shop Boys (the world's greatest disco band) proved a few years later, you can have substantive content and wrap it up in a compelling, visceral, dance-oriented package. Few bands understood this better, or earlier, than Bronski Beat. © John Dougan /TiVo
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Electronic - Released July 28, 2017 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Pop - Released January 1, 1985 | London Music Stream

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Pop - Released January 1, 1986 | London Music Stream

Bronski Beat were already faced with a formidable challenge in following up their debut, The Age of Consent, an album whose frank homosexual themes and catchy electro-disco made the London trio a huge left-field success. Then singer Jimmy Somerville departed, taking with him the wail that sent gay dancefloor anthems like "Smalltown Boy" and "Why" into the stratosphere, and the job facing Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachek suddenly looked impossible. It was, in fact, although they made a respectable go of it on Truthdare Doubledare, recruiting far less flamboyant vocalist John Jon and offering a more polished Hi-NRG sound on the single "Hit That Perfect Beat," which reached the Top Five in Britain. The rest of the album, which spun off another similar-sounding hit, "C'mon! C'mon," is fine, kinetic club music that lacks the ambition and personality of the debut. Despite songs that address the spread and awareness of AIDS ("Dr. John") and the pressures of gay life ("Punishment for Love"), the band seems a few steps removed from the pain that Age of Consent exposed so compellingly. And part of the reason is the obvious one -- John Jon, though undoubtedly skillful (and less fatiguing than his predecessor), simply lacked Somerville's ability to hit listeners' raw nerves, instead of just that perfect beat. © Dan LeRoy /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 12, 2018 | London Music Stream

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Pop - Released July 28, 2017 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Pop - Released March 30, 2018 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Dance - Released May 30, 2017 | The Saifam Group Srl

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Pop - Released February 23, 2018 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Pop - Released September 21, 2018 | London Music Stream

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Pop - Released September 11, 2018 | London Music Stream

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Pop - Released April 6, 2018 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Pop - Released April 10, 2014 | United Music Group

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Electronic - Released July 21, 2017 | Strike Force Entertainment

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Pop - Released September 21, 2018 | London Music Stream