Soft Cell ‎– Cruelty Without Beauty

Cooking Vinyl ‎– COOK CD245, Cooking Vinyl ‎– COOKCD245
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1 Darker Times 4:25
2 Monoculture 3:55
3 Le Grand Guignol
Voice – Roland Mouret
4 The Night 4:16
5 Last Chance 4:30
6 Together Alone 5:46
7 Desperate
Arranged By [Horns] – Marc Almond
8 Whatever It Takes 4:37
9 All Out Of Love 4:59
10 Sensation Nation 4:05
11 Caligula Syndrome 4:51
12 On An Up 4:26

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All tracks published by Copyright Control / BMG Music except
"The Night" published by Jobette / London / Motown Record Corp.

Recorded and programmed at Dave and Ingo's Studio, West London.
Overdubbed and mixed at Eastcote Studios, West London.
Mastered at Hilton Grove.

© 2002 Cooking Vinyl ℗ 2002 Cooking Vinyl.
Made in the UK.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 11 297 4645 2 8
  • Barcode (Scanned): 711297464528
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): COOKCD245P 2062407
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, 3, 4): COOKCD245P-28372. 2062407
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2, 3, 4): IFPI L055
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI KA02
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI KA01
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI KA03
  • Label Code: LC 7180

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CV 20045 Soft Cell Cruelty Without Beauty(CD, Album) Cooking Vinyl CV 20045 France 2002 Sell This Version
BSCP-30070 Soft Cell Cruelty Without Beauty(CD, Album) Cooking Vinyl BSCP-30070 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
COOK CD 245P Soft Cell Cruelty Without Beauty(CD, Promo) Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 245P UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Soft Cell Cruelty Without Beauty(CDr, Unofficial) Not On Label none Unknown Sell This Version
COOK CD 245, COOKCD245 Soft Cell Cruelty Without Beauty(CD, Album) Cooking Vinyl, Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 245, COOKCD245 Russia 2002 Sell This Version


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May 3, 2017
The only track that sounded like "classic" Soft Cell to my ears (probably closest sounding to Non stop erotic cabaret of the 3 studio albums, proper (my least favourite)), was Caligular syndrome. First listen was disappointing beyond belief but with repeat listens and an acceptance that this was not what I was expecting or hoping for, this is not actually a bad album. Perhaps they're to be commended for not playing safe.


May 12, 2016
Fucking annoying that the name of the label is Cooking Vinyl, but there's no vinyl :(


August 12, 2014
A week comeback and a wrong choice of singles.time to leave Soft Cell rip and remember the good times 80-84.
All Out Of Love could have been a catchy single actually,predictable but it least pleasant what Monoculture was not.


January 18, 2004
this CD didn't break any new ground for me. "Last Chance" is a beautil track and recalls the golden age of Soft Cell. A beautiful ballad with tricky lyrics. I challenge anyone to sing along to this song without tripping! "Monoculture" reminds me of Memorabilia.


October 27, 2003
Just as it seems to be a dark charmer as Soft Cell can only be, sadly they came too late for a decent album. It still has this energy to offer but 'Cruelty Without Beauty' doesn't make any speacial announcements - except that Marc and Dave are pushing their fifties alright and although they don't look that bad they're don't look that young any more either.