Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set]

Album Review of Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set] by The The.

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Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set]

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Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set] by The The

Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
Record label: Sony Legacy
Genre(s): Synth Pop, Post-Punk

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Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set] - Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

The Guardian - 100
Based on rating 5/5
100

In his brilliant 2006 book Fear of Music, Garry Mulholland listed Matt Johnson's second album – his first as the The – as one of the "Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco". But, tellingly, he called it "a hidden masterpiece". That was nearly a decade ago, and since then Soul Mining appears to have dropped even further out of public view and off the critical radar.

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Record Collector - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Though he would go on to make bigger commercial waves with Infected and the near chart-topping Dusk, Matt Johnson’s first album fronting revolving-door line-ups of The The in 1983 (after a largely overlooked solo debut three years earlier) remains a notable peak. In many ways, its blend of dizzying dance-pop, tough guitar rock and lyrical angst was a blueprint for all that followed. Johnson sets out his stall on the anger and frustration of I’ve Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All My Life), on which he sings, “I’ve been deformed by emotional scars/The cancer of love has eaten out my heart.

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The Line of Best Fit
Their review was very positive

A week is a long time in pop music, and for a record to have its 30 year anniversary reissue and still sound as contemporary as it did upon its release is a miraculous achievement. Soul Mining was the debut album by The The, the nom de plume of Matt Johnson. He emerged as one of a clutch of musically sophisticated, angry young men of the 80’s, sounding like a modern day Winston Smith from George Orwell’s 1984.

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