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essential: SYNTH & NEW ROMANTIC ALBUMS

Kelvin Dickinson
 
Human's Lib
Human's Lib
"'what is love?', an absolutely vital track from an excellent album"
Replicas
Replicas
"subsequently went off the boil, but this early example is a sharp reminder of just how good Numan was"
Dare/Love And Dancing
Dare/Love And Dancing
"fantastic double bill. The turning point in terms of unashamed commerciality with many classic tracks, including 'Open Your Heart'"
The Luxury Gap
The Luxury Gap
"can't have The Human League without Heaven 17 and vice versa. Great album, big sound"
The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle (CD)
The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle (CD)
"although 'The Golden Age of Wireless' is by far Dolby's best album, this compilation is representing him due to the inclusion of two amazing tracks, 'Leipzig' and 'Urges'"
The Hurting
The Hurting
"fantastic debut with classic and concise pop before pretention and long-windedness set in."
The Platinum Collection
The Platinum Collection
"these boys were somewhat underrated, in my opinion, which is strange because they certainly knew how to write classic synthpop, such as 'Feel Me'"
Vienna
Vienna
"although Ultravox had several classic moments after this, their 'Vienna' album shows them in their purest form. Midge Ure is to be treasured"
Rio
Rio
"it's touch and go between this and the self-titled debut. If you can forgive the musical sexism of 'Rio' or the earlier 'Girls on Film', then these boys are worthy living legends"
The Collection
The Collection
"'Life's What You Make It', amongst some other very good material, is their defining song"
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
"fantastic album, before stadium rock all but destroyed their original sound. The title track is a monster"
Headlines And Deadlines: The Hits Of A-Ha
Headlines And Deadlines: The Hits Of A-Ha
"excellent greatest-hits package. Easy to see why they were so good with melodies and harmonies like this"
A Secret Wish
A Secret Wish
"super-sharp teutonic pop and a completely unmistakable sound. 'Duel' is a perfect synth diamond in an album full of jewels (oh, please...)"
The Age Of Plastic
The Age Of Plastic
"more than most, 'The Age of Plastic' really is capable of taking you back kicking and screaming to a time when video slapped the radio star. Fab record, sorry, album..."
English Garden
English Garden
"Trevor Horn's mate, responsible for co-writing 'Video killed...' and 'Clean Clean'. This is a largely unknown yet killer album. If you've got a copy, you're damn lucky"
The Lexicon Of Love
The Lexicon Of Love
"not so hot by the time Smokey sung, but this is great. 'All of My Heart' is a beautiful song. Producer? T. Horn"
From a to B
From a to B
"beautifully light synth-pop gems. Thanks to creative genius, Tony Mansfield - another talent deserving of reappraisal"
Organisation
Organisation
"'Souvenir' was OMD's finest moment, but this album shows them at their best in simpler form"
The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
"I've taken some stick for liking Nick and the boys but he was a great songwriter, just listen to 'Love Plus One', 'On a Sunday' and 'Warning Sign'"
Soul Mining
Soul Mining
"what an album, the title track is both awesome and minimalist. Great songs sung with passion and energy"
Homosapien
Homosapien
"first a punk, now this. Music with real heart and a very distintive sound, try 'Homosapien' and you'll want more"
Jerky Version of The Dream
Jerky Version of The Dream
"oh, and look...Shelley's buddy from the Buzzcocks/Magazine era. Another tuneful, keyboard oriented classic. 'Rainy Season is magnificent"