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Difficult Shapes [CD]

China Crisis Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (31 May 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000006XKR
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seven sports for all
2. No more blue horizons
3. Feel to be driven away
4. Some people I know to lead fantastic lives
5. Christian
6. African and white
7. Are we a worker
8. Red sails
9. You never see it
10. Temptations big blue eyes
11. Jean walks in fresh fields

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Debut? 29 Jun 2006
By Cy Kidd
Format:Audio CD
Contemporary with other synth-pop groups of the early 80's such as Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and OMD, this debut album stands comparison with any by these. The music is fresh and inventive, the production light and airy. In fact the only negative point I could raise is the use of a rather pretentious title, 'Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Easy to Entertain' (try repeating that over the WH Smiths record counter!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! 4 Dec 2008
By MW
Format:Audio CD
This is the first review that I've written. So why this album and why now?

Well, first its an album that I bought on release (vinyl and CD) and still treasure. Second, so few people have reviewed this album or seem to know about it now, and yet China Crisis music is readily available which says something about its longevity. Perhaps their back catalogue will be remastered someday?

I would agree with the reviewer that describes this as one of the best debut albums of the 1980s, if not all time. The album has good production and still sounds fresh to me. The producer, Peter Walsh, also produced Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream' which gives you some idea of its quality.

'Difficult Shapes' is a reflective and thoughtful collection of songs that vary from upbeat numbers like 'Some people I know to lead fantastic lives' to the more calming and beautiful 'Red Sails'. The album includes the singles 'African and White', 'No more blue horizons' and, of course, their most successful (in terms of sales) single 'Christian'. The other songs are equally good. I particularly like 'Seven sports for all' and the wonderful closing track 'Jean walks in fresh fields'.

I would also recommended their next album 'Working With Fire and Steel'. But really, 'Difficult Shapes' is a great place to start and probably my favourite. If you like strong melodies, thoughtful lyrics combined with a mix of uplifting and calming music, then why not try it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulolous 31 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
possibly the best album ever released by china crisis .jean walks in fresh fields should have been extended ,the keyboards were like walking on air .the lads ignored me at a small gig but your forgiven
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3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the other sound of 1982 3 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was China Crisis' first album release (in 1982) and it's very much a product of the era. However, this is in no way a New Romantic album, but shows an intelligent and relatively low-profile band getting to grips with some above-average pop harmonies.
The standout track is if course the beautiful slow-pop of Christian, which just missed the UK Top 10 but is nevertheless a classic single of the era. However, African & White is a worthy 'first single' while Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives would've been a perfect follow-up. The rest of the album is admittedly patchy due to an over-reliance on the 'tinkly-bop' keyboard approach, but you can audibly tell that China Crisis were finding their feet with this release. If anything, the overall feeling is one of minimal production, with many of the songs needing a a good fleshing-out, while the vocals can also get a little annoying, If only they could've developed the instrumental of the album closer Jean Walks In Fresh Fields a little further, they may well have produced one of the best tunes of the 1980's.
Recommended, but their following two albums are more worthy of investigation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, underrated synthpop 22 Oct 2005
By R. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I came to China Crisis's first album rather late, but it is an absolute classic. More electronic than later efforts, like the equally good "Flaunt the Imperfection," it holds up well. It has a sound that can only be described as vintage early '80s, but it doesn't sound particularly dated. China Crisis mastered the art of using technology appropriately to match their lyrical sensibility. I find myself putting this on a lot, 23 years after its release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best work 29 Jan 2012
By mapleleafsfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Debut albums are sometimes the best ones, and China Crisis certainly sounded different after the early 80's. Definately the most mello album of their's, but songs like Seven Sports For All, No More Blue Horizons, Christian, and Red Sails are quite joyful. One of my favorite albums
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite 25 Jan 2014
By M Python - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite China Crisis album. In my opinion probably the least mainstream and that's precisely why I love it. Nuff said...
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