With Sympathy

Label
Arista
Release date
1983
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
37:26

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Effigy (I'm Not An) 3:50 16,955
2 Revenge 3:47 22,248
3 I Wanted to Tell Her 5:28 16,928
4 Work For Love 4:42 17,722
5 Here We Go 3:21 12,283
6 What He Say 4:03 10,310
7 Say You're Sorry 4:15 11,957
8 Should Have Known Better 4:27 10,586
9 She's Got a Cause 3:33 10,711

About this album

With Sympathy is the debut album by Ministry. The album was released in 1983 through Arista Records, with Ministry’s members at the time being Alain Jourgensen and Stephen George. Singer Jourgensen was supposedly pressured into making the album in the style by Arista management, which is in contrast to the harder sound he developed as his career continued.

However, there are several reports of Jourgensen saying in the eighties how he discovered , which changed his musical direction, and became ashamed of putting out the album. Jourgensen assumes a false English accent for all of the songs.

This album was also released as Work for Love under BMG in Europe (with the same cover). There is a video available for Revenge, which was one of three singles pulled from the album, the others being Work For Love and I Wanted to Tell Her. With Sympathy was Ministry’s only album for Arista. The album has been reissued on Eastworld records with three bonus tracks.

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  • GonchyII

    People who say other people "disgust" them come across as a little pretentious. No, I am not saying that I disgust them, but that doesn't keep me from being pretentious.

    24 Mar 1:16am Reply
  • zykoveddy

    Awesome stuff

    12 Mar 8:07pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    This is a great. Most hate about it comes from stupid close minded metalheads who are not able to enjoy any kind of music apart from metal. The 3 first songs on the album are really groovy. Videoclips are awesome too. People who can't enjoy this and can bear the anti-Bush trilogy or Relapse disgust me. (2)

    14 Jan 3:18am Reply
  • jeff2007

    This album is a timeless classic. I'll always love it.

    10 Jan 9:39pm Reply
  • Nochek

    great.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • floserber

    Her_Black_Wings , try some early Skinny Puppy, like Remission and Bites.

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • Her_Black_Wings

    Can anyone recommend something similar to this album? Not just synthpop but something like this with a rough edge and some darkwave mixed into it.

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    I enjoy this album. ALOT <3

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Nihil227

    This is a great. Most hate about it comes from stupid close minded metalheads who are not able to enjoy any kind of music apart from metal. The 3 first songs on the album are really groovy. Videoclips are awesome too. People who can't enjoy this and can bear the anti-Bush trilogy or Relapse disgust me.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Probehead

    The last thing I thought I'd ever say about Ministry was that they sound similar to Depeche Mode. But this album definitely goes along with that synthpop/New Wave. Personally, I love that style of music, and while this album is by no means a great example of that genre, there are some really great hidden gems here. Granted, I'm not much of a metal fan, so I'm not a huge fan of the rest of Ministry's output, but this album is pretty great, along with "Twitch".

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MushroomCap

    I don't understand how he could sound like this and not like that and then like that and not like this. Not one can deny I am exactly like the rest of you and can hardly understand such a simple thing and I will in fact lie to get my lonely selfish opinion across because even though I don't understand myself in any way, I understand you all even less. Lies and denial time. What? You listen to this? It's their best that pales in comparison to all albums that followed and it's their worst that all others should have sounded just like. I will end by irrationally putting an intelligence level on your music taste and say that it is unintelligent.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • naharper

    The funny thing is that Al always sings with a faux-British accent, it's just less obvious on the later albums because of the effects on his voice. Seriously, listen to Burning Inside again. This album isn't very good (except for Revenge, which RULES), but I'd rather listen to straightforward synthpop than the repetitive meathead-metal stuff they got famous for. Sue me, I like Soft Cell! It's not wise to pretend that Twitch and LORAH aren't Ministry's best albums, though.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    While I personally am a fan of metal and 80's synth / electronic music, among other styles, and really like this album a lot, I still can understand that many Ministry fans dislike this album strongly. However, considered bad or not, it's still so much better than many of the bands that at that time were into making this kinda music. I mean, it's a new wave masterpiece, and Al didn't even wanna do this kinda music. That just shows his quality as a wide musician.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Oh my f**king God this thing really sucks!! I wonder where Paul Barker was at the time of this release...

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    synthpop Ministry > industrial rock Ministry

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JamesMullard

    <3 <3

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SerpentLazarus

    The album Blondie wishes she coulda made.

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • FurryWampa

    so... good... tears

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • rg_gapa

    Really good synth pop. Everything.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • UponDoom

    their best album, thoughts?

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
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