China Crisis - Flaunt the Imperfection poll

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That doesn't equal a commercial capitulation, however; if anything, the choice of Walter Becker (of the then-unfashionable Steely Dan) as producer was a more commercially daring maneuver than anything the group had previously attempted. The overall sound is considerably prettier than before --

Poll Results

7. "King in a Catholic Style" – 4:32 5
4. "Black Man Ray" – 3:39 3
1. "The Highest High" – 4:16 2
2. "Strength of Character" – 2:50 2
3. "You Did Cut Me" – 4:18 2
8. "Bigger the Punch I'm Feeling" – 4:21 1
10. "Blue Sea" – 4:46 0
9. "The World Spins, I'm Part of It" – 4:12 0
6. "Gift of Freedom" – 4:38 0
5. "Wall of God" – 5:32 0
11. "June Bride" - 3:42 0

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

damn, left this open for way too long. got ahead of myself.

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

I thought this one would be easy, but... no. This is pretty much the only China Crisis album I like, and Becker's production has a lot to do with that, but also I don't think they wrote a collections of songs as good before or after this.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 7 September 2017 06:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

I find this album a pleasant wash. No one makes grand claims for it, I trust?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pleasant wash then & now. Caught my ear when it came out due to Walter Becker's presence (he'd been *extremely* low profile). Steely Dan's stock was rather low in 1984, to say the least.

voting King In A Catholic Style

Amazing Random (m coleman), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Bigger the Punch I'm Feeling"

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

did this album get any CMJ/college radio traction?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

i was tricked into buying this by my friend when i was 14, so i'm pretty well acquained with it cos at that age you listened to anything you bought 100 times in an effort to make yourself love it even if it was completely awful. revisited it recently and yes, nice production, but these guys are the dictionary definition of wet blanket. if i had to chose, i would say 'you did cut me'

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's either 'Strength of Character' (love the dual-snare thing) or 'You Did Cut Me' for me...

...but it could easily have also been 'Black Man Ray', 'King in a Catholic Style', 'Bigger the Punch I'm Feeling' or 'The World Spins, I'm Part of It' ... the whole album is pretty much a secret '80s favourite of mine.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

i really don't know this album but going to give it some time as this poll will be open for awhile.

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 September 2017 23:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is the most competent album I've ever heard in my life

the old rugged crocs (unregistered), Friday, 8 September 2017 00:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

China Crisis is underrated, imo. I only discovered them looking for an 80s Kinks song years ago. Pleasantness to near perfection.

carpet_kaiser, Friday, 8 September 2017 00:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Though personally I like Working with Fire and Steel better than this one, Becker production or not.

carpet_kaiser, Friday, 8 September 2017 00:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Working with Fire and Steel is all time with me, but this is good.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Friday, 8 September 2017 02:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

the album i know by China Crisis is Working with Fire and Steel. this one sure is slick isn't it?

Bee OK, Saturday, 9 September 2017 01:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

calling them "wet blanket" is unfair. listening to this album for the first time, theres an ache to their music that i really dig

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 9 September 2017 01:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah re listened to this today a couple times while riding- now I remember my dislike of that breezy chool 80s sax that showed up. Not a bad collection, but I prefer wwfas.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Saturday, 9 September 2017 03:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

For me, when it comes to '80s sax I usually go either one way or the another - either it's so obnoxious and badly used, or it blends in well with the music and is well used and I can enjoy it. I think the sax is well used and enjoyable on this record.

Yeah, it's a slick production, but it's very well recorded and engineered and sounds fantastic to me on headphones.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 9 September 2017 10:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

Are we not happy in our own way

velko, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

i don't know if i've ever heard this band, but flipped through a ton of their records over the years looking for alex chilton and the chills. most bins went straight from chilliwack to china crisis.

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Voted 'Strength of Character'

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

'The World Spins, I'm Part of It' could have done with a vote, but otherwise I can't really complain.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

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