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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 80's pop
Richard Butler has one of those voices that you either love to death or which sets your teeth on edge. Personally, I have always loved it. ( I never fancy handsome men, or pretty voices, either). And while some would not see the move from the spiky post punk new wave of the early Furs albums to the polished glossy American pop that this album heralded as progress, it...
Published on 3 Sep 2004 by KalteStern

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3.0 out of 5 stars The MTV Years: Volume I
This, I suppose, is where the Furs sold out- following the brilliant eponymous debut, the classic Talk Talk Talk & 1982's Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now, Richard Butler & co relocated to the US. As William Burroughs once wrote: "Wouldn't You?"-
The Furs became something between MTV & College rock- the kind of music that turns up in books like Less Than Zero & my...
Published on 23 Feb 2003 by Jason Parkes


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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 80's pop, 3 Sep 2004
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KalteStern (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Richard Butler has one of those voices that you either love to death or which sets your teeth on edge. Personally, I have always loved it. ( I never fancy handsome men, or pretty voices, either). And while some would not see the move from the spiky post punk new wave of the early Furs albums to the polished glossy American pop that this album heralded as progress, it contains some consummately well crafted songs; the match of anything else of that period. The Ghost in You has always been one of my personal Furs favourites, while other tracks that I don't think were ever singles, such as Alice's House and It's my Time stand the test of time very much better than much of their contemporaneous product.
Midnight to Midnight was a rather feeble second helping of this, which is still effortlessly listener-friendly. Pity people don't use brass sections more often these days!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A minor 80s classic, 30 Oct 2006
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This is minor classic from the 1980s. From the band that brought you the song "Pretty in Pink" (from the film of the same name), the music is pure 80s pop/rock at it's best.

By this point the band had shifted away from their Punk roots to a more polished American college circuit sound. The guitars are still there, but the driving beat has an up-tempo disco feel. The minor hit, "Heartbeat" is a highlight with its memorable saxaphone lines. "Here Come Cowboys" is another strong track with guitar lines reminiscent of the work Robert Fripp. Richard Butler's voice is memorable for its husky English accent, which is so idiosyncratic that it could (but doesn't) irritate. The steady 4-4 rhythm makes it good driving music. If you were a teenager in 1984 (when this was released) you are sure to remember and enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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the firs at their best brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Moves, 28 April 2013
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Floyd "TAIN16" (Dunfermline Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Great memories of seeing the band live so a must have purchase for old and new fans alike - just buy you wont regret it
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3.0 out of 5 stars The MTV Years: Volume I, 23 Feb 2003
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This, I suppose, is where the Furs sold out- following the brilliant eponymous debut, the classic Talk Talk Talk & 1982's Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now, Richard Butler & co relocated to the US. As William Burroughs once wrote: "Wouldn't You?"-
The Furs became something between MTV & College rock- the kind of music that turns up in books like Less Than Zero & my personal fave, The Rules of Attraction. So a world that included Simple Minds, Billy Idol, A Flock of Seagulls, The Replacements, Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, Devo etc. The 80s were a lot better than its reputation would suggest & Mirror Moves, like its follow-up Midnight to Midnight (1986) is far from terrible.
The album takes its cue from 1982's Love My Way (the one that Electronic's Getting Away With It was influenced by)- moving into a poppier direction away from songs like Sister Europe, Dumb Waiters & President Gas (which are more Bowie/post-Punk). A lot of people won't be able to stick the over-production, this being the closest the Furs sounded to the much derided (butfrequently referenced) A Flock of Seagulls (the same thing happened to Simple Minds on Don't You & Comsat Angels on the brilliant Independence Day- a huge hit that never was...)
There are some great songs here- The Ghost in You & Heaven being charming new wave pop songs of the highest order; while Alice's House (very Sisters of Mercy!) & Highwire Days are a more commercial take on the bleaker parts of the Furs back catalogue (Sleep Comes Down, All of This & Nothing)- though the latter is very drum machine/automated. The best song here is hit single they kind of disowned, Heartbeat- which moves towards the sound of Midnight to Midnight with its use of sax- this easily ranks up there with the similar sounding Blah Blah Blah album Iggy Pop & David Bowie knocked out a few years later.
As with the follow-up album, Mirror Moves has some great, if over-produced moments, - though the late Furs renaissance of Book of Days (1989) & World Outside (1991) are more deserving of an audience. Richard Butler was last heard of covering The Smiths How Soon is Now? for TV show Charmed- so in a way, he's to blame/praise for Tatu's current version! It's a strange world, it really is...
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