“Black And White” by The Stranglers - album review

TJR says

The third Stranglers LP in just 13 months arrived in May ’78, with labels and sleeves distinctly coloured to reflect the positive side 1 (White) and the negative side 2 (Black). They sound more threatening than ever, with muscular bass lines dominating, supported by choppy guitars entwined with their familiar, slightly sinister-sounding fairground keyboards. The white side wins my favour hands-down, with great tracks such as “Tank” and “Toiler On The Sea” (wouldn’t Toilet On-The-Sea have made a better title?) as well as the all-time classic “Nice n Sleazy”, which does it for me every time. The black side is darker and decidedly Post-Punkish in outlook, best served by the sneering “Do You Wanna”, where keyboardist Dave Greenfield surprisingly demonstrates that the group have three capable frontmen if required. These lads march on, in fine fettle.

The Jukebox Rebel
05-Aug-2008

A1 [02:57] 8.4.png The Stranglers - Tank (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Punk
A2 [03:12] 10.0.png The Stranglers - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) New Wave
A3 [02:08] 7.1.png The Stranglers - Outside Tokyo (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) New Wave
A4 [02:15] 7.0.png The Stranglers - Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front) (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) New Wave
A5 [02:50] 7.5.png The Stranglers - Hey! (Rise Of The Robots) (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Punk
A6 [05:25] 7.9.png The Stranglers - Toiler On The Sea (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Punk
B1 [03:15] 6.6.png The Stranglers - Curfew (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) New Wave
B2 [03:34] 6.0.png The Stranglers - Threatened (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Punk
B3 [04:35] 7.4.png The Stranglers - Do You Wanna (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Post-Punk
B4 [02:28] 6.7.png The Stranglers - Death And Night And Blood (Yukio) (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Punk
B5 [02:49] 6.4.png The Stranglers - In The Shadows (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel, Alan Winstanley) Post-Punk
B6 [04:18] 6.9.png The Stranglers - Enough Time (Hugh Cornwell, Brian Duffy, David Greenfield, Jean Jacques Burnel) Post-Punk




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