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Not at all bad
on 15 September 2005
Skyscraping was to be ABC's final album, released in 1997 with its futuristic cover design, and these days appears to be generally regarded as the album ABC wish to forget. (Even 2001's "The Very Best Of" compilation totally ignores it). That's a shame, as this is actually quite a good album.
"Stranger Things" was excellent single material and should have been a hit, and elsewhere there is good songwriting and catchiness, and no duff tracks here at all. Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) contributes much, and the 1997 sound and production is quite rich and clean (nice acoustic guitars).
It sounds in places very reminiscent of several classic bands of the 70s/80s, and this seems to have been very much the intention here -- it doesn't sound like Fry is 'stealing' ideas at all from his influences. Skyscraping is by no means an album Mr Fry should be ashamed of -- quite the opposite!