Virgin Prunes – …If I Die, I Die

“…If I Die, I Die” (1982) was produced by Colin Newman of Wire fame and whilst less experimental and perverse than the records that preceded it, the album continued to examine the group’s key themes of purity and beauty. The record was not without humour either, a closer examination of the delicate pop of “Ballad of the Man” reveals it to be a wonderful parody of Bruce Springsteen, while the distinctly post-punk sound of concert favourite “Walls of Jericho”, contrasted beautifully with the longer forms of “Bau-dachöng,” and “Caucasian Walk”. Several tracks made the most of the group’s three lead vocalists, which when coupled with the band’s obtuse approach to instrumentation successfully created a challenging yet rewarding listening experience.

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