The literal meaning behind The Stranglers' opus 'Golden Brown'
"But there’s more to ‘Golden Brown’ than might initially meet the eye, and for Cornwell, the song is as much about the enduring presence of love at a time of cholera in the mind."
A Multitude Of Sins
"Or ‘The Gospel according to Hugh’ for this is indeed a somewhat Cornwell-centric view of things. Perhaps expected in an autobiography and especially given the acrimony documented with the split but not only is there a sense of him wanting to set the record straight here but I have to say that the contribution of the other three is somewhat underplayed."
MATTERS OF FACT
"One thing that did strike me upon listening to this album is how it subtly picks up on themes and ideas from across all the different eras of the band. It’s very clever, and the more you listen, the more you pick up on some of these little nuances and characteristics within the songs."
The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus – AOTM June 2020
"Choosing Rattus as album of the month this month was bold. Producing a review for this masterwork is rather very difficult. You would not believe it from first listening but this album was released in 1977, making it 43 years old at the time of writing."
100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s #54 The Stranglers – Golden Brown
"If music is in part of the reflection of the drugs taken by the people who make it, the late 70’s and early 80’s did little to dispel the notion."
Battle Of The Mid-80s Horn Sections: The Stranglers – Aural Sculpture
"It was there that the horns added a syncopated riff that had an electrifying effect on the song from that point onward. Interesting… Who would have expected horns in this band?"