The Cost of Loving

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The Cost of Loving
UK cover
Studio album by The Style Council
Released February 1987
Recorded May, August and October 1986
Studio Solid Bond Studios
Length 42:12
Label Polydor
Producer Paul Weller
The Style Council chronology
Home and Abroad
The Cost of Loving
Confessions of a Pop Group
Alternative cover
US cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Cost of Loving, also known as the Orange album, is the third studio album by English new wave group The Style Council, released in February 1987,[2] reaching number 2 in the UK charts. It followed the live album Home and Abroad. The album was recorded at Solid Bond Studios (owned by their lead vocalist, Paul Weller).

Today, the album is generally seen as a turning point in the band's career, giving to the sounds later explored on Confessions of a Pop Group and Modernism: A New Decade, whilst the start of the band's declining commercial and critical success. On release, The Cost of Loving received mixed reviews from music journalists.

Production and recording[edit]

This album saw the group concentrating on the R&B styles that had been growing in America during the eighties. Its urban contemporary feel was a jolt to listeners who had grown accustomed to the continental mix of soul music, jazz, and European folk styles that the band had displayed on their previous two albums. United States label Geffen Records heard the tracks and promptly dropped The Style Council from their roster. Socially conscious soul music pioneer Curtis Mayfield was asked to mix some of the material on the album, which displays hints of being influenced by house music and the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis sound. Tracks from the album were included in a 37-minute film, Jerusalem, about the band.

Cover art[edit]

The initial British pressings of the album were conceived and issued as two 12" EPs in a gatefold sleeve (designed by Simon Halfon with ideas from Paul Weller). Polygram records would eventually issue the album Stateside without its much-maligned International Orange jacket design.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album two out of five stars and wrote that "Filled with bland, professional soul-pop, few of the songs have memorable melodies and the band tends to meander through the slick arrangements." also noting that "Weller's lyrics were self-important and under-developed, with only the hit single "It Didn't Matter" making a lasting impression among the undistinguished songs that comprised the majority of the album."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Weller, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It Didn't Matter"   5:44
2. "Right to Go"  
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Heavens Above""   6:10
4. "Fairy Tales"   4:08
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Angel"  
6. "Walking the Night"     4:30
Side four
No. Title Length
7. "Waiting"   4:26
8. "The Cost of Loving"   4:19
9. "A Woman's Song"   3:02
Total length:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME (London, England: IPC Media): 3. 10 March 1984.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Allmusic review