THE STRANGLERS – “Golden Brown” / “Love 30” (Liberty BP 407) January 1982
The Stranglers ‘Golden Brown’ – Climbing as I write, but I had to slip in a plug for the best Stranglers single in ages (remember, they were a hit singles band once). What’s more, the office approves it almost unanimously.
At last, a sighting of that near mythical beast – a hack approved Stranglers record!
I think it sounds like Pentangle, but I won’t hold that against it; it swings beautifully, and Hugh Cornwell transcends his aggressively mannered singing style once and for all to deliver a suitably relaxed vocal. Addictive. (Record Mirror)