Front 242 ‎– No Comment

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Epic ‎– EK 52404
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Tracklist

1 Commando Mix 9:23
2 Deceit 3:44
3 Lovely Day 5:23
4 No Shuffle 3:50
5 Special Forces 5:23
6 S. Fr Nomenklatura I 4:26
7 S. Fr Nomenklatura II 2:10
8 Body To Body 4:15
9 See The Future (Live) 6:20
10 In November (Live) 2:37
11 Special Forces Demo 4:50

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Originally released in 1984. Re-release features 4 bonus tracks (tracks 8-11).

The back sleeve incorrectly lists there being only 10 tracks, when there are actually 11. Track 6 is mis-identified as "S.Fr Nomenklatura" (6:36), when in actuality it is "S. Fr Nomenklatura I" (4:26), followed by "S. Fr Nomenklatura II" (2:10) as track 7. The corrected tracklisting is as appears above.

Tracks 9, "See The Future (Live)", and 10, "In November (Live)", were recorded "Live in Ghent".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (As Printed): 0 7464 - 52404 - 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074645240428
  • Other: DIDP 077223
  • Rights Society: SABAM
  • Matrix / Runout: DIDP-077223 1
  • SPARS Code: ADD

Other Versions (5 of 26) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SIDE 8420 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Another Side SIDE 8420 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
MG 1773 Front 242 No Comment(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1773 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MK2, MK 2 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe MK2, MK 2 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
A 001 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Animalized A 001 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
MK2, MK 2 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe MK2, MK 2 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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May 21, 2012
This album on the other hand shows a harder edge which is probably due to more familiarity with the instruments & a more punchy mix. "Commando Mix" opens the album, being a long track (9'23"). It immediately shows iself to be harder & more compulsive dance music than the previous album with a rhythm which is so obviously Body Music. It has more tune than previous efforts, although it's mostly a bare-bone-spine of drums / percussive seq. They hold sounds back rather than using them relentlessly throughout & tapes / sampled voice give it a far more interesting edge. Considering this album is around 8 years old, this sounds fresh & vital still, a pulsating muscle of sound. "Deceit" reminds me a little of HUMAN LEAGUE, DEPECHE MODE & TALKING HEADS while still maintaining it's own identity. Again it shows improvement over the earlier album, in style if nothing else. "Lovely Day" is perhaps the most catchy, memorable track on the whole album ("Body To Body" excepted), a fast-paced track with a much-repeated chorus & powerful musical structure. It pulsates along at a good running pace, filling the body with a tsunami of adrenaline. "No Shuffle" has the same big sound but is probably a less catchy piece. It's another structured song with pained echo effects which give it a vital energy. "Special Forces" is a darker & more fractured piece of pulsating rhythmic music. It has a determined feel to it which I interpret as threatening. "S. Fr.Nomenklatura" is another 'album' track - a little more experimental than most of the others - sacrificing hookiness for an interesting sound, this has a huge sound full of white noise walls of building percussion & great chunks of drum beat washing out of the speakers in solid waves. "Body To Body" - the 'Electronic Body Music' compilation album version is no less than a classic - if you haven't heard it, there's no way to describe it except BLOODY POWERFUL! The strange thing is that it doesn't stick out as an obvious high point on this album which suggests that the other tracks are just as powerful! The next two tracks are from a live date in Ghent back in 1984. "See The Future" begins with an echoed-sampled voice saying 'enjoy' while taped voice says 'They say the futures through the binoculars of the people' (?). Drum beat grows simplistically yet dramatically, making them sound not unlike SLEEP CHAMBER - a much more flat sound - none of the high-tech wizardry but the dark drama makes up for it no end. "In November" builds up on a white noise skeleton into a nice warm piece which is more typical of the first album with elements of HUMAN LEAGUE during the 'Travalogue' period (say 'The Untouchables'). Last track on the album is a previously unreleased demo version of "Special Forces" full of experimentation especially where the drums are concerned - lots of obviously electronic "Blue Monday"-Isms - ie. thrills of fast drum beat.
This is a hard & interesting album, showing FRONT 242 at their most powerful, moving in interesting directions. A worthwhile addition to anyones collection.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.