8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2003
The best of - I don't think so. I have all the albums (vinyl) where these tracks first appeared and cannot agree with the selection. Tracks such as "Save It", "Nothing Means Nothing" (complete with "What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor" guitar riff) and "Hearts of Fortune" (title track of their first album) are missing. The CD to buy, if it is ever available, is this first album.
Highlights are "Wish You Were Here" which is a classic taken from "Dumb Poet" and "Immaculate Fools" again from "Hearts of Fortune".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2006
This is definitely not the best album by this great band of the eighties. The best material Immaculate Fools ever recorded in their career was the first album «Hearts of Fortune». Every track there stands out for itself. Searching for Sparks, Nothing Means Nothing . . . and others. Those were the real highlights. Also the period after this album – with the release of album no 2., «Dumb Poet» – had some good tracks. But some of them were already too soft in my opinion. I would wish that the firat album plus all the B-sides would be re-released on CD. That would be a nice thing, believe me.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2001
This is a mix of tracks from thier first, eponymous album, thier second 'Dumb Poet' and thier third 'Another Man's World'. The fact that the Immaculate Fools were not huge is, IMO, down to nothing other than timing; they were quite simply ahead of thier time. Of the three albums that form the basis of this selection the first is the best by some margin and my copy is nearly worn out I've played it so much. Great songs that you'll be humming for ever.
on 30 April 2015
While this is certainly not a best of The Immaculate Fools, it certainly is an excellent album.
What it is, is the band's second release titled: Dumb Poet with the bands' debut single "Immaculate Fools" added as the last track.
The band's trademark sound was dependent on lead singer Kevin Weatherill's distinctive vocals and lyrical style. For those not familiar with their sound, he's reminiscent of The Psychedelic Fur's Richard Butler, but even grittier. Their sound, although rooted in typical 80s production, is more acoustic, stripped down and certainly melancholy.
There is certainly plenty going on with layers of chiming guitars and a solid rhythm section but it's the moody sadness that grabs the attention. "So Much Here" and "Wish You Were Here" are the standout tracks for me with their lilting melodies while " One Minute" and "Don't Drive the Hope From My Heart" could have easily been part of MTV's canon of classic 80s rock.
The band went on to produce four more albums following this, each getting more "rootsy" acoustic and lyrically darker. By the final album "Kiss and Punch" the lyrical content is uncomfortably challenging and certainly does not make for easy listening at all.