Holy smokes, there are incredible posts in this thread. I definitely know what I will be listening to tomorrow. Or hey, I guess it's early enough for a spin yet tonight.
Also received the Super Deluxe Edition Arcadia booklet, it was supremely well done.
SRTR is such a flawless album for me. The emotive textures in synths, percussion, guitars seem miles ahead of what other people were doing. Alex Sadkin and Nick made a powerful team.
It seems organic and synthetic at the same time. Natural and otherworldly.
Simon's top form vocal fry, "hog-calling vocals*," abstract lyrics and harmony were a perfect Venn diagram intersect for my brain. Same with the artwork, style, promo shots, and videos. * "hog-calling vocals" is from the Rolling Stone review of So Red the Rose, I think!
I am still smitten by Election Day, even though it seems to get little love on this thread. The audacity of having one of the best jazz bassists in the world Mark Egan play a single note throughout the entire song's verses and chorus is astonishing. At least the bridge and middle 8 get a few other notes.
But somehow the song still has a commanding and hypnotic sound. Even the instrumental bits of mixes (Cryptic Cut and She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean and She's Restless) are still captivating to me. The percussion bits by Roger along with David Van Tieghem and Rafael De Jesus are unexpected and propel the song forward.
If any song holds my attention the least, it may be The Promise. It just seems like it wants to be about something, but doesn't quite make its point. To me, anyway.
Things like The Flame - Nile's remix was another killer one. That should have been a hit. The synth bits throughout are so insanely great. I remember the video being in the daily MTV Top 10 on a friend trip to DC in the summer of 86 and having to delay important touristy things just so I could watch the video nightly. Man, that one should have been shot on film. It's so dumb and epic.
The 25th anniversary re. CD/DVD set was pretty well done as well. Amazing how it is priced nowadays!
I don't have it in me to write as well as so many of you did earlier in this thread, but let me just say it was a fantastic read.