From A To B is a great album, Anywhere is a nice addition,
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This review is from: From A To B / Anywhere (Audio CD)
I'm 40-something and New Musik were in the charts when I properly discovered music (and radio) in the very early 80's - for a long time I had great childhood memories of "World Of Water", "Sanctuary" and "Living By Numbers", plus a rickety old cassette of these and other various tunes I'd recorded from the radio back in the day... I bought "From A To B" a number of years ago, but I was tempted to buy this new version by the remastering and bonus tracks - I'm very glad I did! The sound quality is noticeably better and the master volume now matches that of other CDs in my collection, which is great when shuffling music on a digital player! There's only a couple of bonus tracks, which I think are all instrumental, but they are a nice addition.
Of course, I was delighted to see this was a 2-CD package which included the second album, "Anywhere". I've listened through it a few times and my verdict is that there are some great tunes (I have 8 tracks rated 4/5 in iTunes) - these seem to continue the style of the first album quite closely. There are also some rather dull tunes (6 I have rated 2/5) - so its a bit of a Jeckyll-and-Hyde album for me. I'm going to listen through again a few times and see if those lower-rated tracks don't grow on me...
Just a comment on New Musik overall - although the style of this music places it firmly in the early-80s I would say that the quality of the song writing is pretty strong and, to my ear, its that quality that shines through and doesn't make the music sound "dated". I'm an amateur musician and would dearly love to take some of these songs and play them in a modern band environment, I believe they would stand up very well!
The album is presented in a single jewel case that flips out the inner CD holder to access the second CD...
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2012 08:55:59 BDT
Richard B says:
An exemplary review , I couldn't have put it better myself - especially the point about it not sounding dated. Whilst there are several good tracks on Anywhere , From A To B is the stronger album - in fact , it is one of the few albums I own that I can listen to from end to end without feeling the need to skip a track.
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