A Certain Ratio – Sextet

ARTIST: A Certain Ratio                  Sextet_(A_Certain_Ratio_album)_cover.jpeg

TITLE:  Sextet

YEAR RELEASED: 1982

CHART ACTION: #53 UK

SINGLES: Knife Slits Water

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt It

LINEUP: Martin Moscorp, Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Simon Topping, Martha Tilson, Andy Connell

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sparse, spare electro-funk, stealing more from Joy Division than anyone, and it’s just…boring and weird.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Having heard some singles by this group, I dove into this record with some good expectations. Yet, hearing an entire album of this spare post-punk dance-funk, I can say that it’s kinda boring, really.

The vocals seem to float here, there, everywhere. The bass lines rumbles, there’s drums, other instruments flit and float about. Is there a song? Or is it random noise?

When they get cohesive, it’s fine, and they will (at least on their singles). But, I’m exiling this one.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had a couple of early cassettes and EPs and singles, collected elsewhere.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, remixes, Peel sessions, etc.

GRADE: C: Maybe I just don’t get this album, but I contend there’s not a lot here to get. EXILED

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