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Following a classic early 1980s début album that was universally adored and bought by millions around the world ("The Lexicon Of Love") was never going to be easy for anybody, least of all Martin Fry, Mark White and Stephen Singleton who make up Sheffield's finest pop alchemists ABC.

But then ABC were no mugs. In all probability, they fully expected the critics and pop punters alike to eagerly await a helping of more of the same when 1983 started rapidly… read more



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  • Got to say I like the Beauty Stab album a lot despite it never getting much recognition. Maybe because it was so different to ABC's first album? Great record.
  • Yea Chuck_e, they issued it too early. UNZIP! My fav ABC album now.
  • Really like this album. Remember getting it on vinyl in Asda for about two quid. Bargain!
  • So different from Lexicon but i love them both!
  • Great music, indeed underrated. Perhaps ABC issued that album "too early" - expectations had been too different.
  • Standout album with a good balance of production. Great rock guitar against Fry's matured lyrics and strong voice. An 80s pop album that doesn't tire with repeated play.
  • Severely underrated

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