In No Sense? Nonsense!

Label
Chrysalis
Release date
1987
Running length
4 tracks
Running time
15:22

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    Track     Duration Listeners
13 Roller 1 3:30 2,575
14 Nothing Was Going To Stop Them Then, Anyway... 3:32 895
15 Crusoe 3:53 19,178
16 One Earth 4:27 4,305

About this album

In No Sense? Nonsense! was the third full-length album by Art of Noise, recorded in 1987 and released in September of that year. By the time of its recording, the group had been reduced to a duo, with engineer Gary Langan leaving the previous year—Langan’s mix engineering duties were taken over by Bob Kraushaar and Ted Hayton for this album, but the music was produced entirely by Anne Dudley and J.J. Jeczalik. The album saw the group expanding its sound to include rock and orchestral instrumentation, in addition to its trademark sampling.

Many of the album’s tracks are seamlessly segued; ambient soundscapes blend into percussive rhythms, dramatic buildups, melodic string arrangements, and vocal choruses and chants. The sounds of various forms of transport are a recurrent theme. Musical motifs from “Dragnet,” “Galleons of Stone,” and “Ode to Don Jose” recur throughout the album.

Some cassette versions of this album have the same program recorded on both sides. The LP version has “Ode to Don Jose” before “A Day at the Races”, whereas the CD has them in the opposite order. Some CD copies append the last minute of audio from “E.F.L.” onto the end of “Ode to Don Jose”.

“Ransom on the Sand” is sampled in “Melt,” the fourth track of Leftfield’s 1995 release Leftism.
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In No Sense? Nonsense! contains some of the Art of Noise’s most compelling work.

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