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The System

  • Sweat [Mirage, 1983] B+
  • X-Periment [Mirage, 1984] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Sweat [Mirage, 1983]
Funk's answer to the Thompson Twins conflate the organic and the electronic more blatantly than Prince. If silent partner David Frank can't quite induce his computerized rhythms to grunt and moan and postsoulful Mic Murphy has the same problem with his guitars and vocals, they more than compensate by making the synthesis grab and hook. Nick Lowe Title Pun Trophy: "You Are in My System." B+

X-Periment [Mirage, 1984]
Titles announce concepts with this bare-boned synth-and-voice pop/funk duo. In the x-periment here, they dispense with hooks/riffs not to mention sweat. Only Depeche Mode devotees will fail to anticipate the result. C+