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Naive Art

Red Flag
CD  |  Alternative  |  29 Jan 2021
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2CD Naïve Art is the debut album by San Diego (by way of Liverpool) synth-pop duo Red Flag, consisting of brothers Chris and Mark Reynolds.

This is the 30th Anniversary reissue of the vinyl which has not been available since 1989. It contains all original versions from the initial release along with four additional bonus tracks. The original pressing was a single vinyl release with all the tracks severely edited down, so that it could fit on a single record. This has been remedied for this new re-release. And unlike the original ‘89 vinyl release, this deluxe reissue features a gatefold cover and printed lyrics. Red Flag, like other late-’80s/early-’90s bands such as Camouflage and Cause & Effect, offer a similar mix of gloomy, synthesizer-driven dance-pop made popular by synth rock kings Depeche Mode. Derivative yet melodic, Naïve Art is a strong debut and has often been deemed the perfect synth-pop album.

The combination of cold synth beats and the emotionless vocal approach (similar to Depeche’s Martin Gore) makes perfect dance-floor fodder for the disaffected goth-pop club crowd. What makes Naïve Art such a great listen is Red Flag’s obvious gift of songcraft. Both “If I Ever” and “Russian Radio” are comparable to some of Depeche’s best work, while the tracks “If I Ever” and “Russian Radio” were very popular club tracks back in the day, with the latter also garnering strong play on MTV’s 120 Minutes. “Broken Heart” was also regularly played on KROQ Radio in Los Angeles, and the San Diego Alternative radio station 91X, which is still going strong today, was a massive supporter of Red Flag during their original run. Track Listing: CD 1 If I Ever Pretty In Pity Russian Radio Give Me Your Hand All Roads Lead To You Count To Three Save Me Tonight Broken Heart I Don’t Know Why Rain Fur Michelle Broken Heart (Radio Edit) Control - Bonus Track Black Rose - Bonus Track Lovers Unite - Bonus Track Rain (Remix) - Bonus Track CD 2 Russian Rad

Title: Naive Art

Format: CD

Release Date: 29 Jan 2021

Artist: Red Flag

Sku: 2616520

Catalogue No: PYLON48CD

Category: Alternative

DISC 1

01. If I Ever

02. Pretty In Pity

03. Russian Radio

04. Give Me Your Hand

05. All Roads Lead To You

06. Count To Three

07. Save Me Tonight

08. Broken Heart

09. I Don't Know Why

10. Rain

11. Fur Michelle

12. Broken Heart (Radio Edit)

13. Control

14. Black Rose

15. Lovers Unite

16. Rain (Remix)

DISC 2

01. Russian Radio (Glasnost Club Mix)

02. Broken Heart (UK Remix)

03. If I Ever (Dance Mix)

04. Count To Three (Razormaid Remix)

05. Give Me Your Hand (Razormaid Remix)

06. Broken Heart (Extended Remix)

07. Russian Radio (Razormaid Dub)

08. Count To Three (House Mix)

09. If I Ever (The 1000 Years Mix)

10. Russian Radio (Tremont & Webster Mix)

11. Pretty In Pity (Painless Mix)

12. Broken Heart (Remix)

13. Russian Radio (Radio Moscow Edit)


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