"A pleasure dome & a treasure trove - all artful noise is here. Enjoy it." - NME
"Who’s afraid is brilliant - without it you will be incomplete." - MELODY MAKER
"A greedy bunch of b*****ds" - SOUNDS
"An intriguing entertainment." - THE GUARDIAN
"Don’t listen to the Art of Noise, let them live with you." - NUMBER ONE
"Top 20 a certainty." - MORE MUSIC
Now heading towards its 30th birthday, Who’s Afraid... is a brilliant racket of the then future that would enhance and influence the years ahead. For a band that never really quite got their due – the album hung around for a few weeks in the album charts, never getting higher than No.27 – this reissue re-establishes their aheadness and will continue to grow in stature as a key text of electronic music. Hey!
Subversive techno-pop classic finally released on CD
Crude, prehistoric and decidedly low-tech by today’s standards, the Fairlight CMI was a digital sampler that revolutionised pop music in the early 80s. Among its early enthusiasts were Peter Gabriel, Jean Michel Jarre, Kate Bush and Stevie Wonder, but it was studio group Art Of Noise (led by produver Trevor Horn) who brought the futuristic Australian-made keyboard and it’s mind-boggling sonic wizardry and array of sounds into the wider public consciousness.
That was 1984 - not the year when Orwell’s dystopian nightmare came true, but rather the dawn of a new popsensibility where sequencers, samplers and drum machines held sway, all encapsulated by Who’s Afraid... Though a vivid sonic snapshot of its time - crystallising 80s excess, techno-fetishism and chutzpah in all its hubristic glory - AON’s debut album exudes an aura of timelessness, especially Close (To The Edit) and the haunting Moments In Love. In addition to the original album, this delu....... więcej