Baroque Bordello ‎– 83-86

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FIN 002 Baroque Bordello 83-86(CD, Comp, RM) Infrastition FIN 002 France 2004 Sell This Version
FIN 002 / FIN 003 Baroque Bordello 83-86 / Regards(Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp, RM + CD, Comp, Promo) Infrastition FIN 002 / FIN 003 France 2004 Sell This Version
FIN 002 / FIN 003 Baroque Bordello 83-86 / Regards(Comp, Ltd, Promo + CD, Comp, RM + CD, Comp, Promo) Infrastition FIN 002 / FIN 003 France 2004 Sell This Version

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Jaguro

Jaguro

February 6, 2011
referencing 83-86, CD, Comp, RM, FIN 002

Since there is nowhere where you can hear samples of this album and since songs of this band are generally hard to find, I've decided to write a brief review of this album so that others stumbling across this record have a little more information than I had.
This compilation consists of the Today EP as well as the LPs Via and Paranoiac Songs. The language is mostly English, but there are quite a few French songs as well (and one German one, "Helga"). I found out about this band by hearing "Today" on youtube. An outstanding song that is unfortunately not very representative of the other work the group has done - neither in terms of genre nor in terms of quality.
It's no conincidence that there are only few songs of this band to be found on youtube (Today, L'Autre and No killer no hunter) since these are clearly the best songs. The other songs suffer from mediocre songwriting, at times over-the-top singing and some very bad ideas like annoying maniac laughter on "Comme Toujours" or some deliberately terrible singing on "Squares" that don't add anything to the song but - at the least - disturb the listener. This is unfortunately no isolated incident and while listening to this record, I often felt a very strong urge to skip forward.
Now, telling you "song a is good, but song b is bad" probably doesn't help a lot. Let me try to sum up the genre of this album: Some of the work, especially the Today EP can be considered classic postpunk, but is a little more dynamic and generally more cheerful with a couple of exceptions. But most of the album is rather experimental Alternative Rock/New Wave with strong reliance on keyboards, comparable to bands such as Blondie or Cyndi Lauper. If you like these two bands and at the same time have little difficulty with experimal music and singing that is at times over-the-top, than this might be a recommendable album.