The Voice of America (album)

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The Voice of America
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1980
RecordedMarch–April 1980
StudioWestern Works, Sheffield, England
GenreIndustrial, experimental, post-punk
LabelRough Trade[1]
ProducerCabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
Three Mantras
The Voice of America
Red Mecca

The Voice of America is a studio album by English band Cabaret Voltaire.[2] It was released in July 1980, through record label Rough Trade.

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[4]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[7]

Trouser Press wrote that "the new material shows much greater focus and cleaner production than the older, with the mantra technique rising in place of the former chaotic electro-noise."[8] AllMusic called it "not as spectacular as what would follow, but not without its own set of thrills."[3]

SF Weekly wrote that "the music keeps moving outward, emitting boomerang-like signals that are only coming back to us today: The Moog-y skronk of 'Partially Submerged', part Krautrock and part free-jazz, anticipates Cologne's unfettered improv glitches, Radiohead's sprawling rock, and Aphex Twin's Dramamine ambiance."[9]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, Chris Watson.

Side A
1."The Voice of America/Damage Is Done"6:16
2."Partially Submerged"3:45
3."Kneel to the Boss"3:52
Side B
1."This Is Entertainment"5:51
2."If the Shadows Could March? (1974)"0:55
3."Stay Out of It"2:38
5."News From Nowhere"2:21
6."Messages Received"3:16


"Stay Out Of It" samples three phrases from the Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand": "the third part of your brain... you know where it is?", "don't kill me, please... please..." and "the hand... tell me what to do".[citation needed]

The opening of the album is taken from newsreel footage of policemen being given instructions how to cope with Beatle fans before a Beatles concert in 1966.[citation needed]


Cabaret Voltaire


  1. ^ Young, Rob (March 19, 2006). "Rough Trade". Black Dog Publishing – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Cabaret Voltaire | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Kellman, Andy. "The Voice of America – Cabaret Voltaire : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 2: MUZE. p. 115.CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 187.
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 104.
  7. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 67.
  8. ^ Grant, Stephen; Sheridan, David. " :: Cabaret Voltaire". Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Cabaret Voltaire". SF Weekly. March 27, 2002.

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