It was released in March The Best Way To Kill - Soft Cell - This Last Night In Sodomabout a month after the duo Marc Almond and David Ball publicly announced they were dissolving the partnership. The album represents a shift in style from the delicate, erotic, dancefloor-friendly pop of their earlier records and contains a more eclectic mix of styles as well, from the Spanish-influenced "L'Esqualita" inspired by the drag bar in New York City called "La Escuelita" to the rockabilly -tinged "Down in the Subway".
The thematic elements of the songs are also noticeably darker, even for Soft Cell, and center around self-destruction and the breakdown of innocence. The first single from the album was "Soul Inside", which reached number 16 on the UK charts in September The artwork was originally printed entirely in red and gold ink, A Bitter Tree - David Baerwald - Triage to the liner noteslyrics, LP labels, and serial number.
The album was largely a critical success, but ultimately received little commercial attention, and has since gone out of print. A remastered version with bonus tracks, which included a 12" single mix of "Soul Inside", a cover version of the theme from the James Bond film You Only Live Twiceand "Her Imagination", cut during a session at the BBCwas also released, although this too has since gone out of print and copies are quite rare, the full album including extra tracks is however readily available for official download.
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