The Age of Consent is a classic album by synthpop pioneers Bronski Beat, originally released back in 1984 through London Records. The band have decided to re-release a remastered version of the album this year, and we’re pleased to say that those old tracks still stand up today!
By Jane Howkins
Listening to this we found ourselves amazed at how many of the tracks we knew. If we’re being honest, this reviewer wasn’t that aware of Bronski Beat before listening to The Age of Consent yet found herself recognising a fair amount of tracks. It really is a testament to this group’s music that so many of their tracks are still recognisable in the modern era, and it’s totally understandable why a remastered version might be released.
As with any remastered album or reissue, if you were a fan of the original then you will enjoy this. It’s sometimes hard to try and review something that has already been released in some way, so perhaps the biggest question is what’s new? Why should you buy this if you already own a copy? In terms of sound quality, the whole album sounds fantastic, and the mixing has been largely successful. However, that’s probably not enough to make you want to buy it on its own.
Luckily, there’s a whole load of bonus content waiting for you to check out. A second disc is included in the package and features different versions of some of the tracks from the original album, including instrumentals, demos and other sessions. Anyone who is a big fan of Bronski Beat or a collector will enjoy this and there is some stuff here that current fans most likely won’t have heard before. However, whilst there are some additional tracks included, the majority of them don’t really seem to be essential – we would much rather hear the original track than an instrumental.
So really, it’s a game of two halves. The Age of Consent is a great album, but there isn’t much here if you already own it. New fans should definitely get this though.