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Bronski Beat / The Age Of Reason

33 years after their debut album, Bronski Beat return, as founding member Steve Bronski teams up with singer Stephen Granville for an expanded reworking of The Age Of Consent.

Dubbed The Age Of Reason, as well as “inventive and inspired” reworkings of most of the songs from the original record, the new album features three new tracks: a cover of Sylvester’s Stars, and new songs I’ll Be Gone and A Flower For Dandara. The latter is a tribute to the recently murdered Brazilian transexual Dandara dos Santos.

This is a two-CD set with the second disc largely concerned with multiple remixes of those three tracks. Interestingly, the remixes of A Flower For Dandara feature the voice of Rose McDowall, singer with cult ’80s favourites Strawberry Switchblade.

The Age Of Reason comes seven months after original keyboardist Larry Steinbachek died. The other member of the original line-up, a certain Mr Jimmy Somerville, left the band in 1985 and formed a partnership with Richard Cole as the Communards. After they disbanded he has enjoyed a successful solo career.

The Age Of Reason will be released on 28 July 2017.

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Bronski Beat

The Age Of Reason (Deluxe Edtition)

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1. WHY?
2. NO MORE WAR / IT AINâ™T NECESSARILY SO
3. SCREAMING
4. LOVE & MONEY
5. SMALLTOWN BOY
6. HEATWAVE
7. JUNK
8. NEED A MAN BLUES
9. CLOSE TO THE EDGE
10. HARD RAIN
11. RUN FROM LOVE
12. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA

Disc: 2
1. STARS (RADIO EDIT)
2. STARS (EXTENDED MIX)
3. STARS (SORDID SOUNDZ REMIX)
4. STARS (QUBIQ COSMIC ENERGY EXTENDED MIX)
5. STARS (S.S. DARKSTAR MIX)
6. Iâ™LL BE GONE
7. Iâ™LL BE GONE (DUB & DUSTED MIX)
8. Iâ™LL BE GONE (STOMPIN♠STILETTO MIX)
9. Iâ™LL BE GONE (S.S. DOWN & OUT MIX)
10. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (RADIO EDIT)
11. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (SORDID SOUNDZ EDIT)
12. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (EXTENDED)
13. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (SORDID SOUNDZ EXTENDED)

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21 responses to Bronski Beat / The Age Of Reason

  1. Jarle Lilledal Nyvoll says:

    Colour me curious… Could be interesting.

  2. Eric M. says:

    Well, that’s certainly interesting. I guess I will see how I feel once a pre-release track drops.

  3. Craig says:

    Pass.

    This seems like nothing but a cash grab.

    No desire for reworkings of classic songs with a substitute singer.

    If it was a straight re-issue with a bonus disc of remixes or maybe acoustic versions with Sommerville then yes. But this? No thanks.

  4. Rickjapan says:

    Hmm, very much a case for wait and see for me, I definitely wouldn’t buy blind, but would give it a test listen after release.

    I kind of wish Steve Bronski wouldn’t keep dragging up the past, he’s released several versions of the original songs down the years (don’t get me wrong, the original Age of Consent is a classic which I will always love). I’d rather he concentrated on new material, personally.

  5. Urs says:

    I find this quite weird. Jimmy’s vocals are so distinct and in a way iconic.

    Just out of curiosity I’ll give it a listen but I can’t imagine buying this.

  6. colin says:

    Is there a reason he did not team up with Jimmy for this project? Are they not on speaking terms? Without Jimmy involved I don’t see the point of it really!

    • Rickjapan says:

      Thanks for the link smirkdj, just what I was looking for!

      Had a listen, and I’d probably substitute “inferior carbon copy” for “inventive and inspired.”

      Here’s hoping that the talented Steve Bronski will produce more interesting stuff in the future, with all best wishes.

  7. baward says:

    Oh dear. “inventive and inspired”, reminds me of Spinal Tap’s “more select audience”.

  8. Charles K. says:

    I’m really curious about this but it does seem cash grabby. I would have preferred a deluxe version of Truthdare Doubledare. I love that album and much preferred John Foster’s vocals.

    As much as I loved Age of Consent musically, I never liked Jimmy’s voice. Way too high with no variation or range outside of the highs. I don’t know why that album is so ignored by them, far more obscure acts have had the deluxe treatment for lesser celebrated albums (the recent Haircut 100 Paint and Paint release, etc.). Maybe after this latest barrel scrapping they will consider it if they can get any support for it.

    • Kiki says:

      +1 !
      I’d love to see a 2CD reissue of TruthDare Doubledare !
      I din’t get at all the point with this release … it’s the “Age of consent” resung with another singer ?
      Not really sure of the interest in this project, as the edsel reissue of Jimmy Somerville’s were fair enough (eventhough totally incomplete)…

  9. joel says:

    i am interested in hearing rose mcdowell….always did enjoy strawberry switchblade

  10. Danadotcom says:

    Just listened to the sample…I’ll pass. These newly inspired versions sound paper thin, insipid, and like they were constructed with a $50 music program. Age Of Consent had–and still has–texture, nuance, and eerie relevance. I, too, find Somerville’s voice a hard pill to swallow at times, but his voice is a very integral & warm component to its machined background. Other than Jon Jon, whose voice I too enjoyed, Steve Bronski has insisted on choosing replacement singers who sound similar to Somerville, which simply ends up sounding like parody. I’m also waiting for a reissue of Hundreds & Thousands! Promo 7″ & 12″ remixes for”Hit That Perfect Beat” can alone fill a second disc.

  11. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Age Of Consent/Hundreds and Thousands was re-released in 2012, Amazon.co.uk currently have a price of around £75 (any takers?)

    No one mentioned the Eartha Kitt duets..?

  12. bertielego says:

    Tell me… Why?

  13. Danadotcom says:

    So sorry, I meant a Truthdare Doubledare reissue, not a Hundreds & Thousands reissue, hence my mention of “Hit that Perfect Beat”.

  14. NouveauDance says:

    No Jimmy, no sale.

  15. CraigH says:

    The Rose McDowall track interests me, I’ve enjoyed her occasional work with Death in June over the years.

  16. Marc D Moder says:

    OK, so I just got and am giving it a listen. It’s a departure. The vocalists isn’t trying to be Jimmy so much. He’s a bit more soulful, but lacks in belting ability. He mumbles a bit, but not horrible. And the instrumental is more modern and sleek. Like Little Boots, Human League, Bright Light2, or Saint Etienne. I’m glad it’s not a note for note remake. Worth a stream before buying though. This won’t be for every Bronski Beat fan.

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