Paul Haig

At Twilight

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Think of him as footnote, a cult favorite, or a lost treasure, but it's the last one that gets the most support on LTM's excellent Paul Haig compilation. At Twilight collects singles and album cuts Haig recorded for the Les Disques du Crépuscule label during the '80s, along with nine tracks from a shelved album that was recorded with Associates member Alan Rankine in the producer's chair. The music sounds as if New Order were fronted by a futurist lounge singer with "Heaven Help You Now," "The Only Truth," and "Justice" being the hookiest, most pop, and slickest examples. Those club favorites are balanced with clever covers like the breakdancey version of Sly Stone's "Running Away," and Haig also dipped into the experimental with ease, as the Cabaret Voltaire-produced "The Executioner" and the cover of Suicide's "Ghost Rider" both display. The bright synths and upbeat funkiness suggest that everyone from Erasure to the Neptunes know the man's hooky secret, so get hip to his tasteful brand of synth-pop here and then wonder why the great Haig is brought up more often during '80s night.

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