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This review is from: Kings Of The Wild Frontier (Audio CD)
When my hard rocking friends found out I bought this album back in 81, I received quite a lot of stick. I could see their point. Adam's fancy dress, pre-modern romantic image put a lot of serious music fans off which was a shame because they would never know the brilliance of the music behind the image. Being quite an impressionable young man at the time, the album remained on the shelf gathering dust whilst I tried, without much success, to get into the likes of Rainbow and Iron Maiden. Eventually, I got back on track when the Smiths arrived, but I digress.
Thirty years on (my, where did that time go?), I've only just rediscovered King Of The Wild Frontier on CD and I am astounded how brilliant the album sounds. Its amalgam of pop and post punk mixed with art rock sensibilities makes it a unique listening experience. It hasn't dated at all and someone could be forgiven thinking it is a modern release. Adam Ant was very stylish and the modern romantic icons who followed were mere pretenders in his wake. Certainly no chart act in the years that followed came anywhere near bettering KOTWF. Yet the album is far from being an example of style over content. The music is so good, if anything I would say it is an example of content over style! Guitarist Marco Pironi, for me, deserves most credit here for creating the wonderful music for Adam Ant's words and showmanship.
I don't think any British act produced a better album in the 80s (with the possible exception of Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream of Trains) and I can say that KOTWF is no longer a guilty pleasure - now it's merely a pleasure.
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Initial post: 17 May 2012 03:02:18 BDT
mister joe says:
Time has been very kind to this album.A LOT of great,innovative pop music was dismissed years ago because of elitist snobbery.A lot of the hacks that tore this to shreds in music publications then now write fawning tributes.Same thing with Gary Numans earlier work.
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