Sophisti-pop is a music genre used to describe a certain kind of smooth radio-friendly pop music with a jazz or soul tinge. [ Sophisti-Pop] , Article retrieved 2007-01-28.] First appearing in the mid-1980s, its usual reliance on synthesizers was typical for the decade. All in all, sophisti-pop can be considered to share notable elements with smooth jazz, blue-eyed soul and New Wave.

It was subject to criticism at the time, especially from Melody Maker in the United Kingdom, mainly by Simon Reynolds and David Stubbs.

List of sophisti-pop artists

*Rhian Benson
*The Blow Monkeys
*The Blue Nile
*The Christians
*Curiosity Killed The Cat
*Danny Wilson
*The Dolphin Brothers
*Everything but the Girl
*Joe Jackson
*Johnny Hates Jazz
*Laid Back
*Matt Bianco
*The Philosopher Kings
*Prefab Sprout
*Chris Rea
*Steely Dan
*Scritti Politti
*Simply Red
*Spandau Ballet
*Lisa Stansfield
*Style Council
*Swing Out Sister
*When in Rome


External links

* [ Sophisti-Pop] - Allmusic description of the genre and recommendations

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