Strange Passion - Various Artists
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  • Summary: The compilation collects 14 tracks of Irish post punk and electronic music from 1980 to 1983.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 22, 2012
    80
    It's the "electronic music" aspect of Strange Passion that's most fascinating.
  2. Aug 22, 2012
    80
    Finders Keepers has managed to extract another handful of diamonds from a shaft seemingly unsafe for further exploration.
  3. Aug 23, 2012
    80
    Strange Passion's careful curation and lavish sleeve notes give a belated but generous and welcome salute to an overlooked epoch in musical history and the passions it provoked. [Aug 2012, p.52]
  4. Sep 5, 2012
    70
    There's a strong, varied energy that's showcased as a result, with youthful ideas and a sense of trying something different slamming up against a political and cultural atmosphere that was barely welcoming of it.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    67
    Throwing discordant elements into the mix to see what comes out is firmly in keeping with the spirit of the times, but the desire to create another fork in the road, to not just slavishly replicate what came before, is what makes this album (and post-punk as a genre) such a consistently fascinating area to re-explore.
  6. Aug 22, 2012
    60
    There's surprising diversity here. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
  7. Sep 28, 2012
    60
    Sound quality is spotty throughout, doubtless a result of contents being culled from original limited-run pressings, but readily excusable given the time-capsule value of the compilation.