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The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 10, 1982-Page 9

Records
Magazine-'After The Fact' Joy Division).
(tRS) solutely terribl
n j only ever saw Magazine once-and performances
that was on a bad night. Vocalist and new and daring
mainspring of the band Howard Devoto your breath aw
looked bored and the overall sound was middle ground.
nmuddy. The brilliant moments were The retrospe
still there though, the song 'Shot by both Fact compiled
Sides'-a razor sharp attack on Magazine in 198
fatalism and negativity, guitarist John musical highligh
MeGeoch's flashes of genius amongst from the raw
the drone of the other instruments, and pours out of me'
above all the stage presence of Devoto to the more car
himself, always threatening and the Weather," t
challenging-never satisfied with an Magic Murde
audience. released at a tin
This was the enigma with bands such sadily in decline
as Magazine (and the Buzzcocks and

Attending the Rose Bowl?

They could p
e concerts or e
that were so r
that they litera
ay-there wasr
ctive album A
after the bre
61 contains mos
hts of the band's
early songs "T
' and 'Toucha
efully arranged
aken from thef
r and the A
me when the ba
e.

?lay ab- Probably the best songs on After the
lay ab- Factare "Shot by both sides" and the
ase dgive widely-acclaimed "Song from Under
ally took the Floorboards"-a desperate con-
rally tkfessional plea from Devoto, but not
rarely a without a good measure of sarcasm and
fter the irony. There's also an alluring sim-
eakup of plicity about the lyrics, always
t of the managing to say in one sentence what
scareer most bands would say in an entire song.
he light When combined with the undoubted
and Go" musical abilities of the rest of the band
I "About the overall impact is startling.
final LP With such a group of talented in-
nVeather dividuals however, personal conflicts
nd were were bound to develop, and whilst the
band eventually split-McGeoch and
Devoto moving onto newer projec-
ts-this album remains as an excellent
tribute to the wild irreverent spark that
n pull off was created within Magazine during

the few short years the band were
together. -Mike Belford
764-0558
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Depeche Mode-'A
Frame' (Sire)

Broken

Where a group like Japan car

Billed as another bright new force in
syntho-pop, Depeche Mode is still
reeling from its Speak and Spell suc-
cess. Once they got over the fact that
you can use synthesizers for dance
music without overusing the machines,
Martin Gore and his buddies David
Gahan and Andy Fletcher decided they
ought to try for more advanced musical
direction. They set out into the musical
fields with a glistening scythe, under
brooding, cloudy skies.
But the blade was too dull. Gore aims
for thoughtfullness, or maybe melan-
choly or something like that. His lyrics
and titles ("Leave in Silence," "My
Secret Garden," "The Meaning of
Love") are deceptively full of them-
selves.

a few "thoughtful" synthetic numbers
and keep them utterly ear-pleasing,
even dancing, Depeche Mode doesn't
sound convincing. Gore's no David
Sylvain, and he's certainly not Brian
Foley.
A Broken Frame is not as humdrum
as some would have me believe,
though. Occasionally the popness rises
from the fields, in a airy display of
cinematic colors, background flurries,
and lighthearted minimalism. (Damn,
got to watch those idiotic metaphors.)
What I mean is, there are, of course,
good moments on "Satellite" and a
couple others. The group misses Yaz
defector Vince Clarke and nothing here
equals "New Life," but the blade is just
dull, not blunt.
-Ben Ticho

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A look at some
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By Janice Mabie
ARTISTS HAVE been trying to
capture the natural inherent
beauty of the human form since the
beginning of time. The University
Museum of Art honors the nude in a
special exhibit running December 11-
lebruary 27.
Anne Lockhart, curator of the
Museum, has chosen approximately 85
nudes from the University's permanent
collection for the show. The exhibition,
Lockhart says, will be a "very good
*ay to show off the richness of the
collection," which includes a total of
nearly ten thousand pieces:
The exhibit is "about looking at the
nude," says Lockhart, rather than
being an academic study. She has
chosen works from a wide range of
media including painting, sculpture,
photography, and prints in order to set
up interesting visual comparisons.
As you walk into the exhibit on the
second floor of the museum, the first
thing you will see is a 19th-century pain-
ting, A Visit to the Gallery by P.C.
Gilardi. The painting shows the ex-
pressions on the faces of several proper
ladies observing a statue of Venus.
ILooks of feigned indifference to self-
atisfied discovery are on their faces.

The painting is a well-chosen fron-
tispiece to the exhibition because it is a
reminder of the narrow-minded views
toward the nude in past centuries.
Perhaps after seeing the embarrassed
side-long stares of the ladies, we can
more fully appreciate the exhibit by
appreciating the more honest attitude
of modern society.

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