More cabaret from non-stop electro-neurotics
On the back of the undervalued Soft Cell reunion album Cruelty Without Beauty comes this live double, shaved from their European tour. Opening with the bubbling “Memorabilia”, Almond and Ball then focus on newer material before launching into a savage onslaught of stabs and scars from The Art Of Falling Apart. The second half is crowd-pleaser time, and this crowd is certainly pleased. “Torch” burns with yearning, “Tainted Love” keeps the weekenders happy, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” remains the best poem of self-loathing anti-romanticism not written by Philip Larkin. Absinthe to the Pet Shop Boys’ vanilla.