I love the album, but the liner notes sound the disappointment for the band's demise. The Adventures' debut by either name is one of my all time favorite albums. The band's final album is a rare find, since I didn't even know it existed. It's easily my 2nd favorite Adventures album. The 1st track, or the hook, is a compelling cover of the Mamas and Papas, "Monday Monday."
Anyway, I'd rejoice in four successful albums (now with bonus tracks), not mourn the loss of the Adventures. This final, fourth album is the bookend that I've always missed. To those unfamiliar with the Adventures, I'd first recommend the self titled debut or even better the originally named Theodore and Friends with bonus tracks.
The genre of music has been termed power pop. Personally I consider it one of the shortest lived and most overlooked genres of the rock music era. Another band, A Drop in the Gray, only had one awesome album, so I especially treasure that the Adventures managed four within this somewhat lost genre.
The liner notes focus too much on success. Well, the Adventures never really rivaled Tears for Fears or even Frankie Goes to Hollywood (in popularity), I believe the music itself is as good as any from the time period. I'm thrilled to finally get some more of the music on CDs, since I'd actually play my old Adventures tapes so much that I'd be left with mere backup copies.
Ironically the band's closest link to fame is through its connection to Simon Fuller. I just recently learned about this and pretty much could care less. However, if you even consider that Fuller has anything resembling an eye for talent, then I heartily suggest you try the Adventures grand finale.
If it's not too late to avoid sounding over-the-top, I'd say neither this album nor its marketing had anything to do with the Adventures demise (despite the claims of the line notes). The proverbial nail-in-the-coffin may have been somewhere between albums 2 and 3. The third album, Trading Secrets with the Moon tanked with Allmusic reportedly giving the album 1.5 stars out of 5 and barely making any pop charts anywhere. That album's song, "Love's Lost Town," may help capture the fading star of Adventures popularity.
If it's "Raining All over the World," then "I Really Don't Mind." Every track moves with rhythm, melody, energy and emotion. The saddest note of the liners is that one of the key band members hadn't listened to this album in 20 years. Well, maybe even a Gribben needs to read my review to give it a well deserved listen.
Give it a try. It transcends its so-called power pop genre. That's pretty amazing since the Adventures originally defined said genre.