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Force is the fifth studio album by English band A Certain Ratio, released in 1986 by record label Factory.

Force (A Certain Ratio album) cover.jpeg
Studio album by
RecordedJuly–August 1986
StudioYello 2 Studios, Manchester, England
  • A Certain Ratio
  • Stuart James
A Certain Ratio chronology
I'd Like to See You Again
Good Together

The album spent nine weeks in the UK Independent Chart, peaking at number 2.[1]



Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Quietusfavourable[3]
Record Collector     [4]
Trouser Pressunfavourable[5]

Force received a mostly positive response from critics. The Quietus wrote: "To the band's surprise, Force immediately struck a nerve, not just within the confines of Manchester either, pushing the band close to the success they always deserved. [...] Force remains their purest moment".[3] Trouser Press, on the other hand, wrote that the album "[abandons] the raw, stark and chilling sound of the band's seminal work. Professionally executed but completely boring and devoid of spontaneity, there's little here that Chuck Mangione fans might not enjoy."[5]

AllMusic critic Ned Raggett described the album as "a record of its time as a result -- the sometimes airless, compressed production often fights against more inspired individual elements song for song, like Quigley's layered brass break on "Bootsy," one of the album's highlights and clearly a bit of a nod to the legendary P-Funk bassist." Raggett also further added that "Donald Johnson's drumming and Martin Moscrop's multi-instrumental work remain hyperactive and sometimes subtly surprising, and at the album's best."[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Only Together" – 3:40
  2. "Bootsy" – 4:38
  3. "Fever 103°" – 5:13
  4. "Naked and White" – 4:57
  5. "Mickey Way" – 4:50
  6. "And Then She Smiles" – 3:59
  7. "Take Me Down" – 5:00
  8. "Anthem" – 4:53


A Certain Ratio
  • Anthony Quigley - soprano and tenor saxophones
  • Martin Moscrop - guitar, guitar synthesizer, trumpet
  • Andrew Connell - piano, vocoder, synthesizer, keyboard samples
  • Jeremy Kerr - bass, lead vocals, tapes
  • Donald Johnson - drums, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Tom Barnish - trombone on "Bootsy" and "Mickey Way"
  • Corinne Drewery - additional vocals on "Bootsy"
  • Paul Harrison - DX7 bass programming


  1. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980–1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 1
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Force – A Certain Ratio | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Middles, Mick (April 1, 2010). "The Quietus | Reviews | A Certain Ratio". The Quietus. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Shirley, Ian. "Force – Record Collector Magazine". Record Collector. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Flashner, Graham; Sheridan, David. " :: A Certain Ratio". Retrieved May 12, 2016.

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