on 7 August 2011
On this item you can here their seek for a new identity into the eighties, a search for a more straight forward manner and simple way to express their talents (that they could prove so much times before) mostely heard on "The Chant has begun", a kind of world groove very forest style with some poly-synth brass hits, with a strong contrasted duality from soft with the voice of mike lindup to power part bass line and sung by Mark King, the most successful idea they made is found on "Hot Water" who remained of one of their long time live favourites, an can be heard in many different versions, the one on this album is the first long interesting version.
An album full of deep found compositions, listen to long "Kansas City Milkman" full of suprises and mystery with a interesting piano loop mounted on the bass line with on top sophisticated chords, a master song, we know Level 42 can do that, it's a prove of they knowledge and skills.
Other gems that will please the ultimate Bass grooves lovers from the early albums must listen to "True Believers" or "My hero" the hidden song with no lyrics mentionned in the album sleeve. Magic also "seven days" a moderate ballad with style, "Kouyaté" is more Mike lindup's original with a nearly african feeling input with less bass from Mark, but a lot of strange harmonies and stories, a one to be re-discovered song.
Finally "Hours by the Window" shows us how a bass can make a complete ballad structure accompagnement, a special sound just with some digital keyboard sounds an soft drumming part that makes the song just with Marks voice.
This Album is filled with very good keyboard sounds and good solo ideas, thanks to Mike Lindup like the other part from Wally Badarou at the top of they inspirations.
Some other could also say the structure would not be completed without the rythmical perfection that brought the brother Gould, the drum part his Worthy even if the guitar by boon was always very discret, but always interlinked with the bass of Mark King and the rythmic brought by his brother phil.
This Album is definitively a must from Level 42 on the rise to their golden success they deserved anyway.
on 11 February 2015
One of their very best. It's unusual in the way that it has no obvious hit singles (then I suppose the pre-World Machine ones are all like that) and although The Chant Has Begun and Hot Water are here, in their original unedited forms, they come across as if they're 'album tracks' - which I think does them a lot of good. I could go on about each track individually, but if you already like any era of this group - then this IS for you. Back in the 80s, when I first heard the album I can't say it had an immediate impact... but time has told that there are no weak spots on here and it's just pure class and enjoyment.