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Soft Cell - *Happiness Not Included - (Deluxe Hardback CD Album)

Soft Cell – frontman Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball – are set to return with their fifth studio album *Happiness Not Included, which will be released in spring 2022 via a new deal with BMG. It represents their first new album since they issued ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ back in 2002. They will build towards the album’s release by sharing a new single in the autumn and playing some UK shows in November 2021.

One play of ‘*Happiness Not Included’ reveals all of the traits that fans first adored Soft Cell for: that distinctive and striking balance between light and shade, hope and despair, the personal and the universal. Highlights include the yearning, airy pop of ‘Purple Zone’ which contrasts its uplifting sonics with Almond’s darkly doomed lyrics, while ‘Light Sleepers’ drifts with a daydream elegance that neatly matches its subject matter. Elsewhere, ‘Bruises On My Illusions’ is bigger and more abrasive, its baroque-tinged synth energy elevated by theatrical vocal harmonies, while the pure grandeur of ‘New Eden’ closes with the album on a suitably cinematic note.

‘New Eden’ best encapsulates the album’s themes as Almond sings, “All those plans we made in the ‘60s… Seem naïve now we’ve grown older / Leaving we’re leaving looking for the New Eden.” Changing perceptions of the passing of time are a recurring theme throughout. At various points, Almond explores the disappointment of a future that never materialised, reflects on his experiences at The Factory, expresses disillusionment at the modern media landscape, and comes to accept that life isn’t eternal.

"Soft Cell - *Happiness Not Included" is out Friday, 25th February 2022 on BMG and available for pre-order now.

NB: All products ordered with a pre-order will be dispatched together close to the latest pre-order release date. If you want earlier dispatched for another product then please place separate order(s).

Track Listing

  1. Happy Happy
  2. Polaroid
  3. Bruises On My Illusions
  4. Purple Zone
  5. Heart Like Chernobyl
  6. Light Sleepers
  7. Happiness Not Included
  8. Nostalgia Machine
  9. Nighthawks
  10. I'm Not a Friend of God
  11. Tranquiliser
  12. New Eden

Format: Deluxe Hardback CD Album
Barcode: tba
Catalogue Number: tba
Label: BMG
Release Date: Friday, 25th February 2022

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