Sunday, January 8, 2012
For most listeners to the NME's C81 cassette it was the lush melodic sound of The Sweetest Girl that was the biggest surprise. Up until that point Scritti Politti had released material that was scratchy, noisy and lacking in anything resembling a melody.
Opening with some lovely piano courtesy of Robert Wyatt, and with Gartside shedding his previous, frail, Wyatt-inspired voice for a sweet soul falsetto, Green Gartside, seemingly from out of nowhere, released a track that the New York Times cited as one of the best tracks of '82, and is one of those rare tracks that sounds like nothing else. Just gorgeous.
Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl