2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2000
This is the little known of debut album from the classisest thing ever to come out of Bradford. Its solid stuff all the way through, more heavy than their latest stuff but don't let that put you off. Best tunes: 'Desolation Town', 'My House' and 'American TV'- this one even has a sample from Robocop of all places. I rate this on a par with 'Regular Urban Survivors' but behind 'How to make friends...' - their masterpiece to date.
on 22 January 2015
"We're Terrorvision. From Bradford" was always the way the band opened their live shows. For some reason, the beginning of their recording career wasn't met with quite as much enthusiasm as those few words were whenever I saw them play. Admittedly, the debut single from the album, "My House" eventually reached the Top 30, but it had to be re-released before it achieved this.
"Formaldehyde" is very much the poor relation of all Terrorvision's albums. It didn't win them nearly as many fans its follow up "How to Make Friends and Influence People" seemed to, nor did the singles receive that same chart success as those from their third album "Regular Urban Survivors, which spawned two Top 10 singles or "Shaving Peaches" which produced a number 2 hit.
Admittedly, "Formaldehyde" is often counted as the most beloved of Terrorvision's albums by long standing fans of the band. Many of us who caught up with the band after this point, including myself, never really gave it much of a chance. Especially as the songs from this album were the first to be lost from their set list for live shows, with only "My House" surviving intact, occasionally being joined by "American TV", but more often holding up the "Formaldehyde" end of the band's repertoire on its own.
This isn't Terrorvision's best album, as it does have the hallmarks of a band just settling into their sound. Whilst the majority of the songs are closer to being rock-pop or straight rock numbers than the pop-metal sound that Terrorvision were to make their own, there are signs even at this early stage of the band that they would soon become.
If you're already a Terrorvision fan who joined them later in their career and doesn't yet own a copy of this album, you should. It might be a little uncultured, even by their standards, but it's still a fun album that any fan of the band should have a copy of. If you're a fan of pop-rock bands in general, from the classic acts like Bon Jovi and Thunder to the more modern versions such as Jimmy Eat World or Dirty Americans, you could do a lot worse than look up Terrorvision. If you're completely new to the band, though, I'd recommend "Whales and Dolphins: the Best of Terrorvision" over this album, as it gives you a better overall feel for the band.
on 7 January 2011
This is Terrorvision's first and in my opinion best album.
I bought it when it first came out without knowing who they were or what their sound was and was instantly and pleasantly surprised.
Not one bad track on this release as we move from feel good party rock to ballad and back again.
Stand out songs for me are "new policy one", "killing time" and "Jason", but you will enjoy all the others too
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
The harder-core metal within this album is what makes it great - they started the slide towards mediocre bubble-gum rock in the second album, and had achieved full mediocrity by their third. This is true Terrorvision, with an explosive start to the album in 'Problem Solved'. Other classics such as 'Hole for a Soul' and 'Desolation Town' stand out, but the true in-yer-face metal is saved for 'My House' and 'American TV'. They were never better than this, and were headed downhill fast.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2001
In my view this album ranks alongside 'How To Make Friends and influence People'. Maybe its just because I got it when it came out and it got me straight into Terrorvision. 'American TV' is possibly the finest TV song ever. This album is more raw and heavy compared to their later outings, which some people might not like. My advice is get HTMFAIP first and then definetly get this next if you like it. TV's first 2 albums rate as some of the best British rock albums of the 90s.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2008
Many people bought this off the back of How to... and many were disappointed, it isn't as instant as that album but it is excellent and more varied as well. Human being and desolation town are far removed from what people expected but are fantastic tracks. My house is nuch what you would expect from Terrorvision as is hole for a soul. Speaking of soul it is something this album definitely doesn't lack.