The Art of Falling Apart

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The Art of Falling Apart
Studio album by Soft Cell
Released January 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop
Length 40:00
Label Some Bizzare
Vertigo (original release)
Mercury (various reissues)
Producer Mike Thorne & Soft Cell
Soft Cell chronology
Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
The Art of Falling Apart
This Last Night in Sodom
Singles from The Art of Falling Apart
  1. "Where the Heart Is" b/w "It's a Mugs Game"
    Released: November 1982
  2. "Loving You, Hating Me" b/w "It's a Mugs Game"
    Released: 1982 (North American release)
  3. "Numbers" b/w "Barriers"
    Released: February 1983
  4. "Heat" b/w "It's a Mugs Game"
    Released: 1983 (US release)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

The Art of Falling Apart is the second full-length album by the English synthpop duo Soft Cell, released in 1983.

The album reached No. 5 on the UK charts, although its two singles "Where the Heart Is" and the AA sided single "Numbers / Barriers" both failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo's run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK, reaching No.21 & No.25 respectively.

Initial copies of the UK release vinyl album included a free 12" single containing the tracks "Martin" & "Hendrix Medley".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Dave Ball and Marc Almond, except where noted.

  1. "Forever the Same" – 5:06
  2. "Where the Heart Is" – 4:34
  3. "Numbers" – 4:55
  4. "Heat" – 6:11
  5. "Kitchen Sink Drama" – 3:56
  6. "Baby Doll" – 6:44
  7. "Loving You, Hating Me" – 4:18
  8. "The Art of Falling Apart" – 5:01

Extra tracks on remastered CD: SOME BIZZARE/MERCURY (558,266-2, June 1998)

  1. "Hendrix Medley" – 10:20 (Jimi Hendrix, Billy Roberts) [on free 12" with initial copies of the vinyl LP]
  2. "Martin" – 10:16 [on free 12" with initial copies of the vinyl LP]
  3. "Barriers" – 7:05 [double A-side of "Numbers" 7" and 12" singles]
  4. "It's a Mug's Game" – 8:15 [B-side of "Where the Heart Is" 12"]

The song "Martin" was inspired by the 1978 horror film Martin directed by George A. Romero.[3]

The song "Numbers" refers to the banned 1967 novel Numbers by John Rechy.[4]


  • Produced by Soft Cell and Mike Thorne
  • Mixed by Harvey Goldberg
  • Engineered by Harvey Goldberg and Don Wershba


  • Marc Almond: Lead vocals
  • David Ball: Synthesizers, backing vocals, multi-instruments
  • John Gatchell: Trumpet, horns


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Making The Art of Falling Apart by Mike Thorne
  4. ^ LGBT Song of the Day – Soft Cell – Numbers