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Rolling Stones associate and producer Chris Kimsey succeeded in his mission to water the band’s savagery down and sell more records, but he lost much of what made the group unique along the way.

All told, i prefer the goth-slanted Killing Joke, and this has as good a slant as any of their albums. When I first heard this album, the songs "Love Like Blood" and "Multitudes" were the initial ball-grabbers but after repeated listens, eventually I started diggin' the entire album. The album was remastered and reissued on CD in 2008 with nine bonus tracks, including 1984 Kid Jensen BBC radio sessions, the non-album single " A New Day" and the previously-unreleased complete version of "Blue Feather" (previously only available as an instrumental remix on the B-side to "Love Like Blood"). Notice just how big the songs sound; although you could trace them back to work like “Pssyche”, this LP is where I feel like KJ’s future tendencies start to properly come to the fore, emphasising the grandiose edge of their sound in mesmerising fashion above anything else - except here it takes that approach within an extremely likeable poppy atmosphere instead of the harshness of metal, and they would go on to become perhaps the best band in all of that genre thanks to what they had already perfected here. Killing Joke argueably hit their commercial peak with Night Time, an album that contains a lot of the dissonant sounds of their earlier works but also a much more accessible style of songwriting.It's odd because, well, other than the softer side to Coleman's voice (when he's not using his gravelly growl), none of the music here seems forced. The tension between the two sides of Killing Joke struck a perfect balance on Night Time, and as a result, it is arguably the quartet's freshest album to date, with a warm, anthemic quality now supplementing the blasting, driving approach that made the band's name. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. And I know Love Like Blood is KJ’s biggest hit but it does very little for me - it’s well produced but there’s not much of a song there and Coleman keeps singing the hook as “I love my butt”.

In retrospective reviews, PopMatters opined that the band "perfected" their "balance between antagonism and accessibility", commenting "the band are simply on fire on this record".By adding a little polish to their violent industrial post-punk racket, Killing Joke briefly became very popular in 1985, with “Love Like Blood” competing with the likes of Duran Duran and Madonna on the airwaves.

All tracks are written by Killing Joke ( Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Geordie Walker, Paul Raven), except as noted Side one No.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. But fast-forward 22 years, and this album sits proudly in my collection beside other excellent outcomes such as Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, Pandemonium, and Wilful Days, with all songs barring the afore-mentioned (i love that term) "Eighties" ranking amongst my favorite tracks from the band.

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