Cruelty Without Beauty

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Cruelty Without Beauty
Soft Cell - Cruelty Without Beauty Coverart.jpg
Studio album by Soft Cell
Released 8 October 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Synthpop
Length 54:56
Label Cooking Vinyl
COOK CD245
Spin Art
SPART 116
Producer Dave Ball, Ingo Vauk
Soft Cell chronology
This Last Night in Sodom
(1984)
Cruelty Without Beauty
(2002)
The Bedsit Tapes
(2005)
Singles from Cruelty Without Beauty
  1. "Monoculture" b/w "Dancing Alone"
    Released: September 2002
  2. "The Night" b/w "Perversity"
    Released: January 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Hot Press 8.5/10[4]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
Release Magazine 7/10 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[8]
Q 4/5 stars[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[9]

Cruelty Without Beauty is the fourth studio album by Soft Cell. The album was released on 8 October 2002. It's Soft Cell's first album since 1984's This Last Night in Sodom.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Marc Almond and David Ball unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Darker Times"
  2. "Monoculture" (Marc Almond, David Ball, Ingo Vauk)
  3. "Le Grand Guignol"
  4. "The Night" (Bob Gaudio, Al Ruzicka)
  5. "Last Chance"
  6. "Together Alone"
  7. "Desperate"
  8. "Whatever It Takes"
  9. "All Out of Love"
  10. "Sensation Nation"
  11. "Caligula Syndrome"
  12. "On an Up"

Personnel[edit]

Soft Cell
  • Marc Almond – vocals, backing vocals, arrangement
  • Dave Ball – electronic instruments, additional backing vocals

with:

  • Dominic Glover – trumpet
  • Nicol D. Thomson – trombone
  • Mike Smith – saxophone
  • Chris Braide – backing vocals
Technical
  • Layout – Grace Van Detta
  • Engineer – Ingo Vauk
  • Assistant mix engineer – Haicong Guo
  • Mastering – Dave Blackman
  • Photography – Evelyn
  • Producer – Dave Ball, Ingo Vauk
  • Programming – Ingo Vauk
  • Additional help – Antti Uusimaki, Philip Bagenal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews for Cruelty Without Beauty by Soft Cell". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cruelty Without Beauty – Soft Cell". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "CG: Soft Cell". Robert Christgau official website. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Hayden, Jackie (17 December 2002). "Cruelty Without Beauty". Hot Press. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Randy (4 December 2002). "Soft Cell satisfies a nostalgia for '80s beats". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Peter. "Soft Cell : Cruelty Without Beauty". NME. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Noheden, Kristoffer (1 October 2002). "Soft Cell: Cruelty Without Beauty". Release Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; David Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album GuideThe New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 757. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Dalton, Stephen (October 2002). "Soft Cell: Cruelty Without Beauty (Cooking Vinyl) ****". Uncut. Retrieved 20 February 2016.