The more energetic rhythms like on the opening track “Because You’re Frightened” is riddled with the 1980’s gloss, but is able to hold a torch to some of the punk-inspirations that predate the record. With the catchy kick-snap of the percussion that works to incorporate a one-two step or the strings that are both flashy, though also hit low-tuned spelunking ventures. The overarching package of Magazine falls in line with The Correct Use Of Soap, shaping some organized chaos throughout the piece.
Later tracks like “You Never Knew Me” ditch the rapid succession and instead opt to subtly shift through the crowd in a dancehall number, gleaming with synths and glimmering vocalization. Magazine who is made up of Howard Devoto on the vocals, John McGeoch on the guitar, and Barry Adamson on the bass. Alongside comes Dave Formula on the keys and then finally John Doyle on the drums. While The Correct Use Of Soap is not going to shatter any backboards with flash or powerhouse production, the record is sufficient enough to form 14 tracks over 52 minutes. The remaster is more clear, creating a remix of sound that can strike through the speakers and detail that was once flicked over.
One of the more strange tracks comes on “The Book” where spoken word and atmospheric works are the main way of description until the segue where “Upside Down” jumps into frame and escapes this personal hellhole. The track is a strange outlier
The final moments of The Correct Use Of Soap involve “Upside Down” and “The Light Pours Out Of Me” which are both fairly uppity tracks that bounce alongside rather than create brakes upon the record. The delivery on “Upside Down” especially is built for movement and performs with fresh, almost crisp turns that make the track easy to digest for the listener.
When the record finally hits the endpoint, however, The Correct Use Of Soap is a fairly diverse record that is surprisingly engaging even 40 years later. As the dials continue to turn and Magazine becomes a passed medium, they can live in the pages of history for their approachability to sound.