Abandoning the icy soundscapes of Secondhand Daylight, 1980's The Correct Use of Soap revisits the itchy post-punk pop territory of Magazine's debut Real Life. This time around, Magazine comes armed with its strongest set of songs and a tighter, funkier group sound. The Manchester quintet continues to push the envelope in directions that punk's narrow confines would never allow, and others took note. Barry Adamson lays down a snaky, pulsating bass, locked into John Doyle's crisp drum patterns, while Dave Formula's flamboyant keyboard textures and John Mcgeoch's incisive guitar play seem destined for bigger things. Against this backdrop, Howard Devoto's half spoken, half-sneered oratory, replete with beckett and dostoyevsky references, exudes authority. You Never Knew Me and Sweetheart Contract are the kind of barbed, distrustful intellectual love songs at which he had become so adept. On A Song From Under the Floorboards, Devoto is an insect. the cover of Sly Stone's equally troubled Thank You (falletinme be mice elf agin) is perfectly at home in such company. like Wire and Joy Division, Magazine isn't afraid to encourage expansion of its generation's depth and perspective.
CD - Remastered with four bonus tracks.
LP - 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.