The Cost of Loving

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The Cost of Loving
The Cost of Loving original .jpg
UK cover
Studio album by The Style Council
Released 7 February 1987
Recorded May, August and October 1986
Studio Solid Bond Studios
Genre
Length 42:12
Label Polydor
Producer Paul Weller
The Style Council chronology
Home and Abroad
(1986)
The Cost of Loving
(1987)
Confessions of a Pop Group
(1988)
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. It was originally released in February 1987.[2] The album was recorded over a period of three months in 1986, at Solid Bond Studios (owned by their lead vocalist, Paul Weller). The album is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band's later work. The album peaked at number 2 in the UK charts, and achieved gold status from the BPI. It featured the songs "It Didn't Matter", "Waiting", and "Heavens Above" which were all released as singles, with corresponding music videos. "It Didn't Matter" reached the top 10 in the UK charts, however "Waiting" failed to make the top 40, which was a first for any Style Council single, and both the title track and "Heavens Above" failed to chart altogether.

On release, the album was received favourably by the majority of music critics, although opinions have become much more negative in subsequent decades. 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. The band themselves have been quite vocal in that they were less satisfied with the album.

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]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine 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]

In 1991, the NME included the album in a list of fourteen albums that "should've been an EP".[4]

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"  
5:10
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Heavens Above"   6:10
4. "Fairy Tales"   4:08
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Angel"  
4:31
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:
42:12

Personnel[edit]

The Style Council
Guest musicians
  • The Dynamic Three – rapping on "Right to Go"
Session musicians
  • Steve Sidelynk – percussion on "Right to Go", congas on "Heavens Above" and "Fairy Tales"
  • Camelle Hinds – bass guitar on "Heavens Above", "Angel" and "Walking the Night"
  • Billy Chapman – saxophone on "Heavens Above"
  • Anne Stephenson – violin on "Heavens Above"
  • Guy Barker – trumpet on "Fairy Tales"; flugelhorn on "Walking the Night"
  • Roddy Lorimer – trumpet on "Fairy Tales"; flugelhorn on "Walking the Night"
  • Luke Tunney – trumpet on "Fairy Tales"; flugelhorn on "Walking the Night"
  • Ashley Slater – trombone on "Fairy Tales"
  • Chris Lawrence – trombone on "Fairy Tales"
  • Pete Thams – trombone on "Fairy Tales"
  • John Valentine – backing vocals on "Walking the Night"
  • John Mealing – orchestral arrangements
Production team
  • Jezar – engineer, sequencing, mixer on "Right to Go"
  • Alan Leeming – engineer, mixer on "The Cost Of Loving"
  • Paul Weller – producer
  • The Valentine Brothers – mixers on "It Didn't Matter" and "Angel"
  • Matthew Kasha – mixer on "Heavens Above"
  • Curtis Mayfield – mixer on "Fairy Tales"
  • Carl Beatty – mixer on "Walking the Night"
  • John Valentine – mixer on "Waiting"

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Original release
Chart Peak
Position
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 23
German Albums Chart[6] 45
NZ Albums Chart[7] 6
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 46
UK Albums Chart[9] 2
US Billboard Chart[10] 122

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME (London, England: IPC Media): 3. 10 March 1984.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ NME November 1991 issue.
  5. ^ "NL Charts > Alexander O'Neal". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Musicload Album Charts". Musicload.de. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Discografie The Style Council". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ "SWE Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Chart Stats - The Style Council". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - The Style Council". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  11. ^ "British album certifications – The Style Council – The Cost of Loving". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  Enter The Cost of Loving in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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