Uplifting albums by deluded optimists

A Listmania! list by Frank T "frank-t"
 
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
1.  New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds
The list author says:
  "If you insist on criticising Jim Kerr's lyrics, then you're a miserable cynic who doesn't deserve the benefit of this album's rays of transcendental ecstasy."
£3.99   Used & New from: £2.63
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Cupid & Psyche 85
2.  Cupid & Psyche 85 by Scritti Politti
The list author says:
  "If ever an album screamed "summer", this was it. It's funky, the vocals are great, and above all you won't stop humming these tunes."
Used & New from: £5.89
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Back In The High Life
3.  Back In The High Life by Steve Winwood
The list author says:
  "If "Higher Love" and "The Finer Things" don't cheer you up, you don't want cheering up."
£6.53   Used & New from: £3.60
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Rio
4.  Rio by Duran Duran
The list author says:
  "These blokes really wanted you to know they were having a better time than you - but there was a definite trickle-down of good vibes."
£5.73   Used & New from: £1.74
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Pop! - The First 20 Hits
5.  Pop! - The First 20 Hits by Erasure
The list author says:
  "With Erasure, Vince Clarke never reached the heights of tunesmithery he did with Yazoo, but hey, let's not let that spoil the party."
£8.99   Used & New from: £1.20
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Bigger Than America
6.  Bigger Than America by Heaven 17
The list author says:
  "This group were never very likeable, but no one could accuse them of being sourpusses. This is a non-stop acid-house-influenced dance party, with good tunes to boot."
£25.13   Used & New from: £3.73
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Logos (Live At The Dominion London '82)
7.  Logos (Live At The Dominion London '82) by Tangerine Dream
The list author says:
  "There's definitely a summer vibe to this album's-worth of appealing instrumental electronica."
£8.82   Used & New from: £3.96
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Afternoons in Utopia
8.  Afternoons in Utopia by Alphaville
The list author says:
  "Warm and watery from start to finish. VERY naff."
£8.51   Used & New from: £4.46
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Very Best Of
9.  The Very Best Of by Hall & Oates
The list author says:
  "Hall and Oates represented everything that was smug and superficial about the 1980s. Disquietingly though, they represented quite a lot that was enjoyable about them at the same time."
£5.88   Used & New from: £1.11
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Dare
10.  Dare by Human League
The list author says:
  "As if in defiance of the political mood of the times, early 80s music was full of creativity and optimism. Proof? Exhibit 1, M'lud."
£4.99   Used & New from: £2.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 07/07/2009
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