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Electronic/Dance - Released March 15, 2019 | Cleopatra Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 28, 2018 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Pop - Released June 29, 2017 | Some Bizzare

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 31, 2017 | Some Bizzare

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Pop - Released May 31, 1982 | Some Bizzare

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Pop - Released May 20, 1990 | Some Bizzare

This would seem, at least by the title, that this would be a perfect Soft Cell collection, since it has the group's singles. Thing is, most of these are remixes and reworkings from 1991, not the original recordings, which means it's hardly of interest to the audience who just wants the original versions of Soft Cell's greatest moments. It's passable, to a certain extent, since it has the songs, but it's better to hold out for a collection that contains the real deal. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 5, 1983 | Some Bizzare

While it has some mediocre moments, this tense, quirky release also has some magnificent outings, including the epic "Martin" (based on the obscure George Romero psycho/vampire movie), a cut that was originally included on a bonus 12", and the relentless title cut. Not as cheap or sleazy in its sound as Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, the album was still prone to melodramatic writing and performance. By all means, miss the "Hendrix Medley," another bonus cut. ~ Steven McDonald
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Pop - Released October 1, 2009 | Cleopatra Records

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Pop - Released October 7, 2003 | Cooking Vinyl

4 stars out of 5 - "...Absinthe to the Pet Shop Boys' vanilla..."
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Pop - Released January 1, 2002 | Cooking Vinyl

Soft Cell's fourth studio album was released a full 18 years after the duo's third, This Last Night in Sodom (1984). During those 18 years, both Marc Almond and Dave Ball pursued solo careers to huge success, and occasionally worked together on albums (Marc Almond's wonderful 1990 album, Enchanted) and remix singles. But here, the two are together in full force. Almond's lyrics are among the best he has ever written, especially on the tragic "Whatever It Takes," which seems to be the sequel to their debut single, "Fun City," revisiting the same character 25 years later. It all comes together with brilliant writing and Ball's atmospheric and swelling arrangement of the eerie music. And the music has grown; sure, it sounds like an updated Soft Cell, but the '80s are nowhere in sight. Wisely, this is not a "retro" album with re-recordings of the duo's big hits, but rather a more mature Soft Cell. Overall, the album has a dark, semi-political tone reflecting the late '90s and early '00s. While it is dark, it is also captivating and accessible. Almond's voice is strong and emotive, living and breathing his stories and observations. Autobiographical? Perhaps, but in the end it does not matter. The stories are vivid, and the music incredible. The only real shame is that Almond and Ball were not creating music for 18 years, because this album shows the talent and ability of these two writers, and how the times have adapted to them. ~ Aaron Badgley