By the late 1980s, Manchester band A Certain Ratio had moved on from its long-term association with Factory Records. In hopes of achieving greater success, the band signed to A&M Records, releasing their debut album for the label, Good Together, in 1989. Although sonically a record which found them taking a commercial leap forward, it did not perform well commercially or critically. Good Together has just been reissued by Mute Records, and listening to the album thirty years later, it’s hard to understand why some of the songs failed to connect with a wider audience. The title track is a fine Madchester dance track that features New Order‘s frontman Bernard Sumner and Happy Mondays‘ Shaun Ryder, all baggy groove and ecstasy filled melody.
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