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Different Kind of Weather [CASSETTE]

Dream Academy Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (15 Jan 1991)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EYSN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love
2. Mercy Killing
3. Lucy September
4. Gaby Says
5. Waterloo
6. Twelve-Eight Angel
7. St. Valentine's Day
8. It'll Never Happen Again
9. Forest Fire
10. Lowlands
11. Not for Second Prize

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem from a nearly-forgotten era 23 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Why, oh why, did the Dream Academy fade into obscurity after only three albums? A combination of beautiful soulful lyrics, the distinctive oboe sound of Kate St John, the production skills of David (Pink Floyd) Gilmour, and some of the most intelligent - if occasionally rather pretentious - songwriting of the 1980s made this band one of the finest art-rock acts of their era; and by the time "A Different Kind of Weather" was released, they had pretty much perfected the art of the wistful, thought-provoking, not-quite-pop song.
It's hard to find a bad track on the album. Almost all have infectiously catchy tunes and a brilliant line in irony in the lyrics ("St Valentine's Day" is the best anti-Valentine's song ever written, and the perfect antidote to being dumped!), one or two of the tracks ("Forest Fire" and "Mercy Killing") are almost protest songs but without the band ever sounding self-conscious or "worthy", "12/8 Angel" is a brilliant piece of rock with a very non-commercial-pop beat, and "Waterloo" is a gorgeous piece of scene-painting. The cover version of John Lennon's "Love" which opens the album may not be to everyone's taste (it wasn't to mine) but there's no denying the sheer craftsmanship in the production of the song, and it reintroduces a Dream Academy key requirement - the "wordless lyric", most famously heard in "Life in a Northern Town" - which is otherwise surprisingly absent on this album.
This album is a great antidote to the school of thinking which says that all "serious" music has to be as glum as Radiohead or Coldplay. It may make you think, it may touch a heartstring or two, but it's unlikely to leave you without a smile.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best album of The Dream Academy 9 Dec 2001
By "apuertas" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm appalled that nobody has cared to review this great album. It certainly lacks the "freshness" of the first self-titled one, and the perfect production of the second album (via Lyndsey Buckingham and Hugh Padham), but it still has some of the best songs by the Academy, great contributions by David Gilmor and is the perfect (sad) coda of an all-time great group. Old Beatles lovers and 60's pop-music fans can't miss all three albums by this marvelous group (no coincidence they covered Lennon's 'Love'). A big fresh-pop breath of air. They are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply An Amazing & Beautiful Masterpiece 10 Aug 2003
By Christopher S. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's such a shame this CD was mostly overlooked by dreary America. It's an amazing masterpiece from start to finish. Each song flows effortlessly from one to the next leaving you transfixed in their brilliancy. It's very rare that a remake of a song is better than the original (usually your left feeling that they slaughtered the song), but the John Lennon cover of "Love" and the Tim Hardin cover of "It'll Never Happen Again" are two of the best remakes that have ever been created.
Nick Laird Clowes, who sings most of the lead vocals, also wrote all the lyrics, with the exception of the two remakes. He's a brilliant song writer and his lyrics are both haunting and beautiful; moreover, they help you to in vision what he is feeling or trying to say without being overly complicated or dark.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth any price! 6 Feb 2003
By bloody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buy it new , buy it at auction as I did. I can not believe I went almost 13 years from it's 1990 original release date to purchase this beautiful cd. Songs "Gaby Says, It'll Never Happen Again, Lowlands, and Not For Second Prize" are as wonderful as "Life in a Northern Town and Moving On". Nick Laird-Clowes and D.A. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do another album!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing the mood 9 April 2004
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the commercial indifference dealt to the Dream Academy's second album, the decent "Remembrance Days," the trio took a three year break between albums to regroup. When they reformed, it was with David Gilmour again in tow, but with this more pop than paisley effort. "A Different Kind of Weather" found the band scrambling to catch up with sounds that they were never a part of in the first place. Sugary confections like "Lucy September" held more echoes of Duran Duran/Thompson Twins than Pink Floyd and Paul Simon, and much of the baroque magic that made the first two albums so unique had disappeared.
It's obvious that The Dream Academy still had aspirations to the atmospheric pleasantries of their original sound, best captured, oddly enough, on "A Different Kind Of Weather's" two cover songs. The orchestrated version of Tim Buckley's "It'll Never Happen Again" sounds like a natural outgrowth of Laird-Clowes' melancholy, and the Hindu chants that infuse John Lennon's "Love" made that song a "shoulda-been" hit from the period when Enigma was introducing the world to "Sadeness." But despite the ambition, it was also clear that the band had run out of ideas. The sad carnival sounds that close out "Not For Second Prize" provided a symbolic coda to not only "A Different Kind Of Weather," but to The Dream Academy's lifespan as well. Stick with the first two Dream Academy CD's or pony up for the pricey greatest hits (import).
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did this go from my least favorite to most favorite? Let me count the ways... 17 Aug 2014
By jpn67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can understand why even fans of DA tend to overlook this one. The first two feel cut from the same precious cloth. This was in some ways less quirky, charming and baroque*. Which is exactly why I was very disappointed when it first came out. Gradually over the years this little disc grew on me and burrowed its way into my soul to such an extent that - blasphemer! - it has become my favorite of the three. There is no point in going through this song by song...they're all perfect in their own way.

Okay, you talked me into it.

1. Um, can we just skip this one? I know everyone else loved it, but for me it's the only one that bores me. Did I say the album was perfect? You got me there. Technically speaking, I was lying. I just wanted you to buy the damn thing and stop bothering me.

2.3.4. All great straightforward but intense songs. The choruses of Lucy & Gaby alone are worth the price of admission. I dare you to attempt to extract those ear worms. Impossible. I enjoy the rest of the songs as well, but my-oh-my those gut wrenching choruses.

5. Brilliant and beautiful. Gorgeously spare but rich lyrics match the spare but rich instrumentation. My God this song paints a vivid portrait of heartbreak on a rainy morning at Waterloo station. In higher definition than any camera might ever hope to. One of their all time best songs. Please go YouTube it now. I'll wait. What the hell are you reading this for? I said go YouTube it. (Jesus, some people...)

.................SOME MINUTES LATER...................

See? I told you. And you are forgiven for doubting me, you son of a bitch.

6. Another bombastic chorus, ably aided by the honey hued pipes of Mr. Gilmour. Stunningly gorgeous vocals.

7. What? More wonderful vocal stylings from the 3? Surely we don't deserve it for the pittance paid.

8. Never heard the original. Don't actually wanna. It couldn't possibly compare. More elegant heartbreak gravitas a la Waterloo. Nicky's laying it on thick here, and I'm loving every second. But wait there's more - those wonderful "bap-bap-bap-ba-da-da-da-dah"s, ably aided by David G. Please just stop it. I can't take any more of this unspeakable beauty.

9. Lyrically, your by-the-numbers tree-hugger CO2 rant (not that that's a bad thing) but - wait for it - yet another (intentionally) ironic triumphal chorus. There's always a great payoff on this album, every time you think the verse is getting boring. Just gorgeous. (Did I use that word yet? If I didn't, I meant to on a couple of those songs above. And below.)

10. Alright, I admit it, this may be another low point of the album, but it's cinematic poignancy serves as a slightly eerie but effective transition. Also, DA's worst still beats the best of most bands. Pass given.

11. Yet another lean and elegant celebration of disappointment and sorrow. A wonderfully gentle closer in the vein of "One Dream" off the first album. As only they can do it. Perfect ending to an - ahem - perfect album.

Q.E.D.

Speaking to DA fans only - because after all who the hell else would be reading this? - please give this one a chance to work its magic on you. I know you don't believe me, but think how much joy the first two gave you. Isn't it worth 5 quid just to find out? Tell you what - if you don't like it, I'll refund you. Act now and I'll throw in an onion chopper. Now how much would you pay?

Ah, what difference does it make, no one's gonna read this anyways....

*It has been my personal observation that "baroque" is the perfect word to describe the music of DA, but only if you don't know what baroque means. To those who understand the word, it may in fact be the worst conceivable adjective ever misused about anything in existence.
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