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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Irs
  • ASIN: B00004SE3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
It has taken me 10 years to actually buy an Alarm record, despite being a huge punk and new wave fan and i'm amazed at how good this album is!
Mike Peters has always been someone I respected but the clarity of his vocals, the brilliant flowing lyrics and the robust angst-rock sound make this an absolute classic.
The big hit " Spirit of 76" is an epic, nostalgic tribute to the punk glory days which inspired the band, "Dawn Chorus" is a mix of folky verses and anthmenic choruses whilst "The Day The Ravens Left The Tower" is my favourite..with portentous lyrics..images of faraway london burning ( if you are from North Wales) and a nursery rhyme ending.
Serious political lyrics,reflections on the wasteland of Thatcher's Eighties for Northern Britain and a strong melodic depth make this an exhilirating listen.
Compared to their contemparies, with hindsight, I would say that Peters has far more to offer than the smug,preening Bono and this album is better than anything Ian Maculloch offered too!.
Buy this and bask in a bitter-sweet celtic twilight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Harris on 6 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is classic Alarm and the remastered edition is even better! The Alarm are one of the most underrated bands on the planet and this album is proof. The lyrics to many of the songs are still relevant today- for instance Deeside (job loss). If you like passionate heartfelt music this is for you. Tracks such as The day the ravens left the tower and Dawn Chorus are what music is about! Mike Peters' is an underrated genius and new bands should take note of how to do it properly! The Alarm and Mike need more recognition so give em a listen.

Love, Hope, Strength
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duluoz Lautrec on 16 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
OK, let's get the music out of the way first, 'Strength' is more of a rock album than 'Declaration' with very few or no overdubs and includes some Alarm gems like 'Dawn Chorus', 'Deeside' and 'Spirit Of '76' (how this particular song didn't lead to world domination is a mystery to me) and although the album does slightly suffer from a slightly 80s sound, that's because, well, it was made in the 80s.
The extras on the remastered version include 4 live songs along with 'Caroline Isenberg' (10 times better than the original mix), 'One Step Closer To Home' (not available anywhere else in this form), 'Majority' (classic throwaway b-side) and 'Absolute Reality' (another classic single).
The only real problem is that, if you want to listen to the actual album you have to program the CD as it's all been jumbled up for no good reason and the live tracks at the end are somewhat unnecessary.
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By A Customer on 27 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
This and Declaration are probably the two must-own Alarm albums.
The original vinyl track listing has been extending with some live performances, the brilliant Majority (b-side to Strength, I think) and the Absolute Reality single (also added to the Declaration CD).
There are also a couple of other additions.
The best tracks are "Strength", "Deeside" (why was this never released as a single?), "Absolute Reality", "Majority" and "Spirit of '76".
Other good tracks include "Knife Edge" and "Walk Forever By My Side".
This album does not compete with the brilliant "Declaration" album, but it was not a bad follow-up album and worth buying.
The style on this album is probably somewhere between early U2 and Simple Minds, but with lyrics that Billy Bragg might have written. The only Clash-like rockers on this album are Deeside and Absolute Reality.
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