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4.0 out of 5 stars Autumnal Park an Australian electro pop must have from the 1980s?, 26 July 2007
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More than 20 years after its release on vinyl this seminal piece of Australian pop recording history finally makes it onto CD. Autumnal Park is Pseudo Echo's finest moment. An excellent example of a time when 1980s inner city Melbourne electro pop produced its own reading of new romantics , this album deserves a place in any 80s pop enthusiasts CD collection. The melodies abound in this pop gem and so too do the hooks. Lyrically it is a stinker at times as it faithfully reproduces the new romantics hallmark of somewhat pompously saying everything and nothing at all, but if ever there was an example of just how to pull out melody after melody with the same chord progression this is it. Check out "Listening" followed by "His Eyes" followed by "Walk Away" and you will hear what I mean. Vocalist Brian Canham and then keyboardist Tony Lugton truly had something going on here. Canham's voice and guitar lines carried that forlorn tone of the era and its longing so well and Lugton's keyboards matched this perfectly. Unfortunately the rest of the world really only knew this band for their cover of 'Funky Town'. It is a travesty that the likes of 'Listening', 'A Beat for You', Stranger In Me' and 'Dancing Until Midnight' never had the commitment of the music industry behind them to make them the global hits they deserved to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong place, 5 Nov 2009
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If Psuedo Echo were from the the UK they would have been bigger. This is a great debut album from the the New Romantic age. It is easily up there with early albums from Duran,Spandau & Human League The album has 14 tracks, probably a four too many. This does dilute the quality a little. Listening, A beat for you and His eyes have a great 80's feel. There are times when I think Brian Canham is trying to sound like David Sylvian. Japan and PE had the same producer I think and you can hear some of that influence on here(the drums at the start of a beat for you). Although from Oz and not part of the main UK romantic scene PE produced a excellent album which deserves a place on the shelf of anyone who owned a frilly shirt.
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