CK 45412 Book of Days
Produced by David M. Allen and The Psychedelic Furs
Released on October 1989
US CHART POSITION #138
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B ands like the Furs and OMD wrote themselves out of the revolution when they courted commercial favors, so slinking back into the dank ranks of the dissatisfied isn’t a simple matter of forgiveness. Book of Days is a dark, shimmering album that could be considered a logical extension of their first album (original drummer Vince Ely even returns!), except that it doesn’t bother to explain “Love My Way,” “Heartbreak Beat” and the fluff that’s transpired since then. Like Echo & The Bunnymen’s Reverberation (the one minus McCulloch), Book of Days isn’t a bad album, it just comes too close to being punk product. The Cure could get away with a song like “Torch” because it had always been a part of their sound; the Furs merely appropriate it for one song, then discard it like a passing fancy. “Bored but never boring” was the old line on the Furs, yet what is Book if not lethargic post-punk rock? Sounding like David Lowery in spots (“Parade”), Richard Butler needs to blow his nose or get a cup of coffee or go back and listen to “Imitation of Christ” or something. John Ashton’s guitar also sounds different, creating flat walls of featureless sound that stand like a barrier to whatever melody might be contained therein (similar to The Edge or Will Sergeant). It’s an interesting experiment, arguably punkish in intent, but one that doesn’t lend itself to singles (though “House” delivers on that promise). If Book of Days sounds flat and tuneless at first, so did their debut. With time, I can imagine warming up to “Book of Days” or “Mother-Son.” In half that time, I’ve already taken a real shine to World Outside, so this is clearly not the last word on the Furs.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. SHINE
  2. ENTERTAIN ME
  3. BOOK OF DAYS
  4. SHOULD GOD FORGET
  5. TORCH
  6. PARADE
  7. MOTHER-SON
  8. HOUSE
  9. WEDDING
  10. I DON'T MINE

    All lyrics by Richard Butler, all songs written and arranged by The Psychedelic Furs

CREDITS

JOHN ASHTON --
RICHARD BUTLER -- design
TIM BUTLER --
VINCE ELY --
Emily Burridge --
Knox Chandler --
Gena Dry --
Jem Finer --
John Hymas --
Joe McGinty --
Anthony Thistlethwaite --
Roy Spong -- engineer
Peter Robathan -- photography, photographic printing
Allan D. Martin -- photography, design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1989 CBS LP/CD/CS 465982  
US October 1989 Columbia LP/CD/CS FC/CK/FCT 45412  

 

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