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Hearts and Knives is the fourth studio album by the British rock/pop band Visage. It was released on 20 May 2013 and was the band's first album of new material in 29 years.

Hearts and Knives
Visage Hearts Knives.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 May 2013
Recorded2012–2013
GenreSynthpop, rock, pop
LabelBlitz Club
ProducerJohn Bryan, Sare Havlicek
Visage studio album chronology
The Damned Don't Cry
(2000)
Hearts and Knives
(2013)
Orchestral
(2014)
Singles from Hearts and Knives
  1. "Shameless Fashion"
    Released: 6 May 2013
  2. "Dreamer I Know"
    Released: 23 July 2013
  3. "Never Enough"
    Released: 9 December 2013
  4. "Hidden Sign"
    Released: 23 May 2014
  5. "She's Electric (Coming Around)"
    Released: August 2014

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In January 2013, Visage announced their new line-up to consist of vocalist and founding member Steve Strange, bassist Steve Barnacle (who had worked with the band on their 1984 album Beat Boy), Robin Simon (former guitarist in Ultravox and Magazine) and Lauren Duvall on vocals. The band's official website confirmed that former Visage/Magazine keyboardist Dave Formula and former Simple Minds keyboardist Mick MacNeil have also contributed to the album.[1]

Album coverEdit

The make-up and "Fade to Grey"-style mask seen on the front cover were created by Lara Himpelmann, and the cover shot was taken by photographer Peter Ashworth,[1] who supplied the black and white photograph that artist Iain Gillies utilized to paint the picture that was the cover of Visage's debut album in 1980. The new logo and graphics have been designed by The Nick Foot Studio.

ReleaseEdit

A single, "Shameless Fashion", was released as a digital download in April 2013 and followed by a physical CD-single release on 6 May.

Hearts and Knives was released on 20 May 2013 through the band's own label Blitz Club.[2]

A second single, "Dreamer I Know", was released on 23 July 2013.[citation needed] A promo video for the single (the band's first since 1984) was produced. The single includes the non-album track entitled "Digital Age". The third single from the album, "Never Enough", was released on 9 December 2013, with a vinyl release to follow in January 2014.[3] The fourth single from the album, "Hidden Sign", was released as a CD-single and a download on 23 May 2014 with a 12" vinyl single available from Rough Trade Records.[4] The fifth and final single from the album, "She's Electric (Coming Around)", was released in August 2014.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The New Zealand Herald2/5[6]
Record Collector     [7]

Lydia Jenkin of The New Zealand Herald called it "a solid album steeped in nostalgia. [...] But really, it's one for the fans – and those needing an early-'80s fix."[6] Record Collector's review commented "the new Visage album sounds like the past 30 years failed to happen."[7]

David Bowie loved the album.[8][9]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Never Enough"
  2. "Shameless Fashion"
  3. "She's Electric (Coming Around)"
  4. "Hidden Sign"
  5. "On We Go"
  6. "Dreamer I Know"
  7. "Lost in Static"
  8. "I Am Watching"
  9. "Diaries of a Madman"
  10. "Breathe Life"

PersonnelEdit

Visage
Additional personnel
  • Dave Formula – keyboards
  • Mick MacNeil – keyboards
  • Logan Sky – keyboards
  • Rich Mowatt – keyboards
  • John Bryan – additional backing vocals
  • Sare Havlicek – keyboards, drums
  • "Wildcat" Will Blanchard – drums
  • Nigel Summers – additional guitar ("Shameless Fashion")
  • Glenn Arnold - additional promotion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Visage Website – News". visage.cc. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Visage – Hearts and Knives Our First Album in 29 Years Is..." Facebook. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Visage – Cover Photos". Facebook. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Visage – Cover Photos". Facebook. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Visage – Cover Photos". Facebook. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Jenkin, Lydia (18 May 2013). "Album Review: Visage, Hearts and Knives – Entertainment – NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b "[Hearts and Knives review]". Record Collector (416). July 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  8. ^ David Owens. "David Bowie and Steve Strange: A friendship that endured". everybody could hear David [Bowie] say, 'tell London I hope they love the exhibition and I love your album.'
  9. ^ "Steve Strange on David Bowie's love of new Visage album". BBC.

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