on 28 September 2003
Aztec Camera to most would take a back seat in their cd collection, and if asked would only be able to name at best two of their songs. Although they produced some gems which would knock spots of the so called music they produce in today's music market. Ok, so I am biased when it comes to the eighties, but I feel that Aztec Camera need to get some further acclaim as I review one of their more well-known albums and that is 'Love' For those who are diving for their cd collections, it's the cd cover with the picture of the horses on a carousel.
A little history about Aztec Camera, well they were formed back in 1980 by Roddy Frame and were a Scottish group that originated from East Kilbride. But you'd hardly notice the Scottish accent coming through on the songs, the lead singer has a powerful, enhancing voice which will have you crooning away to!
The other members are Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums) and David Ruffy, Bernie Clarke (keyboards) They were signed to Rough Trade Records when they moved to London in 1982. The album Love was released back in 1987, unbeliveably, some sixteen years ago now. Which featured two UK hit singles How Men Are reaching number twenty five in the charts and the well-known song Somewhere In My Heart reaching number three. Whilst the album itself climbed to number ten in the UK album chart list.
Their first album was Highland Hard Rain in 1983. The band toured Europe and America and later on in 1984/85 touring the world
1984 saw their second album 'Knife" then in 1987 'Love'
The album was a small one, with just nine songs, but most if not all ballads, whereas Somewhere in my heart would be the most well-known hit on the album, the others are well worth a listen to and easy to sing or croon along to!
Deep & Wide and Tall
The first of the many ballads of the album, starts off the love album, a song dedicated to 'my girl', a clearly romantic song, with simple but great catchy lyrics, most of the songs are slow and slushy!
How Men Are
Probably the second most popular hit after Somewhere in my heart, the song starts off 'It's called love…' once again powerful lyrics: why should it take the tears of a woman to see how men are? Very true and ultimately slushy! Overall a mellow song with great background music
Everybody Is A Number One
Bouncy intro to this song. That day will come whenever, everybody is a number one…. Jumpy and bouncy track and will definitely have you singing along to it!
More Than A Law
This is a very slow ballad, great intro to it 'we make love in the face of it all, feel the freedom and the purity' definitely some powerful, thought provoking lyrics.
Somewhere In My Heart
This one is on everyone's lips, as soon as you mention Aztec Camera, and reaching number three in the charts it isn't hard to understand why! A brilliant love song, that left its trail on the music world. Very very catchy and the lyrics, oh so potent… 'Somewhere in my heart there is a star that shines for you!'
Working In A Goldmine
This track strikes me a sad song 'our love's the sound of broken skies' listen carefully to the lyrics on this one, as the background music is faint, one of the slowest ballads on the album, ideal for lying in your lovers arms! Now who's been slushy!
One And One
Another jumpy, bouncy little number 'when I close my eyes to trouble, baby I see you' oh so catchy and you need to listen to it to appreciate the true power of the lyrics.
'I've been searching seems like so long for perfection in a world made wrong' a nice slushy little number, which foretells Paradise: a million miles away! As you close your eyes to this track, you feel you are taken a million miles away along with your lover.
'Drink a drink to before and our memories spill…. A very slow ballad, where you need to listen to the lyrics as the music plays faintly in the background. As the album draws to a close, it finishes off on a slow sad song, but by then you and your lover have fallen asleep in each others arms!
Whispers: Thanks for reading!
on 21 April 2007
I've had this album on vinyl for a long while and am finally upgrading it to CD because i miss listening to it... Highland Hardrain is a constant on my CD player and this album, although very different, is much better than the previous album, Knife, and well worth a listen. Give it a go if you've got any interest in Aztec Camera, although it's their more commercial side. Also try Highland Hardrain.