Beauty Stab

Release date
10 Aug 2010
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 That Was Then But This Is Now 3:34 18,869
2 Love's A Dangerous Language 3:41 3,007
3 If I Ever Thought You'd Be Lonely 3:56 2,095
4 The Power Of Persuasion 3:31 2,621
5 Beauty Stab 2:08 3,205
6 By Default By Design 4:05 2,137
7 Hey Citizen! 3:55 2,189
8 King Money 4:02 2,255
9 Bite The Hand 3:07 2,940
10 Unzip 2:49 11,838
11 S.O.S. 4:49 8,622
12 United Kingdom 3:20 1,691

About this album

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 drawing to a close. Their relatively long silence after their fourth single lifted from their first album (the lushly symphonic showstopper “All Of My Heart”) was scant preparation for what was eventually to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public in the form of taster single “That Was Then But This Is Now” - a much harder, early 70s Roxy Music-influenced pop/rock stomper which virtually blasted away all of the ornate trimmings of their last magnum opus and heralded a new phase of the band: one that was obviously now looking forward and not back.

Mere weeks later, ABC’s second album “Beauty Stab” appeared with noticeably less promotional bluster than that which greeted its predecessor. The sumptuous lovelorn decadence of the previous ABC incarnation was now supplanted with a more world-weary, politically-conscious model, and Martin Fry laid bare his new manifesto: social commentary with a musical edge to match. Out then went the lush string arrangements from Anne Dudley and synthetics from Trevor Horn’s widescreen production, in came heavy rock guitars, in-your-face no-nonsense production by Gary Langan and stripped down arrangements.

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  • chantywrastler

    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.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • HelmaBeerbaum

    Yea Chuck_e, they issued it too early. UNZIP! My fav ABC album now.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Really like this album. Remember getting it on vinyl in Asda for about two quid. Bargain!

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • grossy2

    So different from Lexicon but i love them both!

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • chuck__e

    Great music, indeed underrated. Perhaps ABC issued that album "too early" - expectations had been too different.

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • jhegge

    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.

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Hypermammal

    Severely underrated

    11 Nov 2008 Reply

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