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Frankie Says... Somewhat Under-rated
on 9 December 2002
Liverpool was the second and indeed final album from the Scouse mid-80s megastars (even though much of their first album was played by session musicians).
This cut was lambasted by the critics upon it's release and it was never really going to get the tricky tag of 'the difficult second album syndrome' removed from it. It's certainly not up there with FGTH's epic double-album Welcome To The Pleasuredome from 1984, but it most definately has its moments, not least in the hit singles Rage Hard, Warriors of the Wasteland and the album's key moment, the brilliantly subtle Watching The Wildlife, which is worth the price of admission alone. These single cuts don't really compare with the band's era-defining 1983-1984 releases such as Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love, but they are worthy songs/tunes in their own right.
The band went their separate ways after this unfortunately ill-fated venture into second album territory (Holly Johnson enjoyed some shortlived solo success in 1989-1990) but this was a lot stronger than what most of their contemporaries (the rapidly fading former New Romantic bands who were quickly reverting to the 'big hair' look) were producing back then, that's for sure.
Not that bad at all, and well worth a look.