‘A Different Kind Of Tension’ By BUZZCOCKS (1979)

‘A Different Kind Of Tension‘ by BUZZCOCKS
Released: September 1979 / The Manchester legends’ third LP
Score: the LP reached #25 in the UK


ALL MUSIC wrote: “The final album of the Buzzcocks’ first phase of existence is the most fragmented of the three, with increasingly ambitious songs fighting for time with tracks
that sound much like the group’s earliest efforts…  As the album closes, the sense of slight schizophrenia resolves itself as the group embraces all-out experimentation, producing some
of the Buzzcocks’ all-time best songs….  Shelley’s slightly bemused recitation of all the things he believes in is suddenly interrupted by the line “There is no love in this world anymore,” turned and electronically distorted into an obsessive, anthemic mantra as the band charges along with him up and out. An invigorating blast of, indeed, tension and angst, it alone makes Tension worth investigating.”
– Full review here – Score: 4.5/5 

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Their most coherent and  intriguing album ever,
proving that Buzzcocks were damn great songwriters, musically and lyrically, and
not just the speedy pop-punk teenagers they gained world fame with.

TOP TRACKS:  Sittin’ Around At Home /  You Say You Don’t Love Me / I Don’t Know
What To Do With My Life / Hollow Inside / I Believe

ALBUM in full…

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‘A Different Kind of Tension’

Released: 15 Sept 1979
Third longplayer

ROLLING STONE wrote: ” ‘A Different Kind of Tension’ is the Buzzcocks’ most formidable record yet. Chief songwriter Shelley has finally arrived at something approaching a hard-bitten and reasonable world view. Technically the band’s fourth LP, is bursting with many of the same laudable features that graced the ‘Singles Going Steady’ set: bold and big-bottomed rhythms, combustible buzz-blur guitars and leader Pete Shelley’s rushed,
iambic vocals.” Score: 5/5 – Full, review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME: “Underrated album. Their best non-stop avalanche of riffs loaded, barbed wire pop knockouts. From start to finish’

TOP TRACK: ‘You Say Don’t Love Me’

Album in full…

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