Mind Made Up

MIND MADE UP (LTMCD 2531) £10
Produced by A Certain Ratio in Manchester between 2006 and 2009, Mind Made Up marks a stunning return to hard-edged funky form. ‘The songs are timeless and true to ACR’s roots,’ says Donald Johnson. ‘The emphasis was placed on keeping it simple in the studio. Trickery was kept to a minimum and we never took more than three takes on any track.’ Adds Martin Moscrop: ‘Most songs we jammed in rehearsal one week and recorded the next, so that they were rough round the edges. And the lyrics are some of the best Jez has ever produced. You’ll also hear old ACR influences throughout the album. Teri was actually the first song ACR ever wrote, but it has never been recorded or released until now.’ The band line-up remains unchanged since Ratio’s last studio album back in 1996, comprising Jez Kerr (vocals, bass), Denise Johnson (vocals), Martin Moscrop (guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), Tony Quigley (keys, sax) and Liam Mullan (keys). This remastered LTM edition features an extra bonus track not included on previous European editions. Full tracklist: I Feel Light, Down Down Down, Everything Is Good, Way To Escape, Rialto 6, Mind Made Up, Teri, Bird to the Ground, Starlight, Which is Reality?, Skunk, Very Busy Man, I Feel Light (Dub)

Reviews:

‘Certainly Ratio are happy to hark back to their late 70s peak. Johnson and Kerr recycle classic ACR rhythm riffs, while the predominant funky beats and spooky atmospherics blend nicely with the art-pop of Teri and Bird to the Ground. The results sound surprisingly tough, vital and contemporary’ (Uncut, 07/2010)

‘The formula remains true, and there’s still a vital disco energy in the gritty guitar and rubber-band bass. Faithful fans might find their passion rekindled.’ (The Wire, 06/2010)

‘Andy Weatherall’s favourite band have been around since the late 70s. Clinically executed, this is a must for history lovers and contemporary alt.funkers alike. 8/10’ (DJ Magazine, 07/2010)

‘Mind Made Up is perfect, lyrical ‘Head Music’ but still has that tight rhythmic force which has always driven ACR. Set to be a summer highlight for a new generation and firm fans alike’ (hangout.altsounds.com, 05/10)

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~ by km on May 29, 2010.

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