CHSC 41570 In No Sense? Nonsense!
Produced by an Art of Noise
Released on 1987
US CHART POSITION #134
Find it at GEMM
CHSC 41570 cover  

F unky beats, strange effects, manipulated dialogue, all of it twisted into technotaffy. If Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” sent you to the moon, then Art of Noise will take you to the stars. This their fourth studio album is chocked full of ideas, featuring everything from yodelling to orchestra to someone snorting mucous through their sinus cavity. If that sounds like your kind of bag of tricks, then dive right into this nonsense. Me, I’m a little intimidated by sixteen different courses prepared in so many different kitchens. In fact, I have trouble telling where one song begins and another ends, making In No Sense? a messy tone poem of mosaics. Sometimes it seems that heavy things are afoot; spoken dialogue drifts in and out and you wonder if AoN is trying to make some big statement. Or hoping that a series of little statements will equal something bigger. In a sense, Anne Dudley and J.J. Jeczalik micromanage the musical process, redefining the building blocks of music without a vision of what they’d like to build. I have the same reaction to avant-garde pop art where someone takes familiar objects (a urinal, a doll house) and casts them in an unfamiliar (and often uncomfortable) setting. Oh yeah, I think, that’s a urinal with a revolver where the flush handle should be. And then I move through the exhibit, pause for a moment to reflect on the author’s intent, process it, and so on down the line. In No Sense? Nonsense! is a musical exhibit, not a bad way to kill forty minutes and feed your secret elitist tendencies, but stepping back out into the light I was no wiser than when I entered. Of minor minor oh so tiny I can’t see you interest, the cassette version features the full sixteen tracks on both sides, which provides for better continuity.

CHSC 41570 picture sleeve
CHSC 41570 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. GALLEONS OF STONE
  2. DRAGNET
  3. FIN DU TEMPS
  4. HOW RAPID?
  5. OPUS FOR FOUR
  6. DEBUT
  7. E.F.L.
  8. A DAY AT THE RACES
  9. ODE TO DON JOSE
  10. COUNTERPOINT
  11. ROUNDABOUT 727
  12. RANSOM ON THE SAND
  13. ROLLER 1
  14. NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP THEM THEN, ANYWAY
  15. CRUSOE
  16. ONE EARTH

    All songs written and arranged by Anne Dudley & J.J. Jeczalik

CREDITS

ANNE DUDLEY --
J.J. JECZALIK --
Robert Ahwai -- guitar
Dave Bronze -- bass
Ely Cathedral Choir -- choir
Tony Fisher -- trumpet
Maurice Murphy -- trumpet
Frank Ricotti -- percussion
Paul Robinson -- drums
Peter Rowan -- voice (16)
Colin Sheen -- trombone, orchestra contractor
James Talbot -- saxophone
George Webley -- bass
Dr. Arthur Wills -- choir director
Stuart Breed -- engineer
Barry Clempson -- engineer
Roger Dudley -- engineer, mixing
John Giorgiadis -- orchestra leader
Ted Hayton -- engineer, mixing
John (Jon) Jacobs -- mixing
Bob Kraushaar -- engineer, mixing
Richard Lewzy -- engineer
Alan David-Tu -- sleeve photography
Roland Williams -- design typographics
John Pasche -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1987 China LP/CS WOL/ZWOL4  
US 1987 Chrysalis LP/CD/CS OV/VK/OVT 41570  
CAN 1987 Chrysalis LP/CS CHS/CHSC 41570 picture sleeve
GER 1987 Chrysalis LP 208 614  
JPN 1987 China LP RP28-5510 insert
GER 1988 China/Polydor CD/CS 835807  

 

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