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ACR’s most recent album dished up for a 10th anniversary reissue
“Mind Made Up is a 2009 album by iconic postpunk outfit A Certain Ratio, their 15th long player since debuting on Factory Records in 1979.
Produced by the band in Manchester between 2006 and 2009, it marked a return to hard-edged funky form. "The songs are timeless and true to ACR's roots," says drummer Donald Johnson. "The emphasis was placed on keeping it simple in the studio. Trickery was kept to a minimum and we never took more than three takes on any track." "Most songs we jammed in a rehearsal one week and recorded the next," adds guitarist Martin Moscrop.
"We didn't rehearse them too much so that they were rough round the edges. And the lyrics are some of the best Jez has ever produced. You'll also hear old ACR influences throughout the album. Teri was actually the first song ACR ever wrote, but it has never been recorded or released until now."
For Mind Made Up the band line-up comprised Jeremy Kerr (vocals, bass), Denise Johnson (vocals), Martin Moscrop (guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), Tony Quigley (keys, sax) and Liam Mullen (keys).”