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On the money!,
This review is from: Strange Kind of Love (Audio CD)
I remember a friend including the song 'Strange kind of love' on a compilation tape he recorded for me in high school in 1989-ish. I loved it and saved up enough pocket money to buy the album on cassette. I played it endlessly, learnt the lyrics, and even based an art project on the song 'Shape of things to come'... some kind of collage thing featuring a marionette as a fortune teller gazing into a crystal ball. I still have it in a folder and looking at it now makes me cringe a little. It hasn't aged well. Unlike this album.
'Strange Kind of Love' is, to use a cliche, a slice of pop perfection. It's unmistakably Scottish and unmistakably 80's but not in a bad way, as it never actually sounds old or outdated. James Grant's lyrics and delivery are razor sharp, the songs are beautifully crafted and the superb production really took the band from their previous album (All you need is) to a whole other level. I've always considered this to be a perfect album in a technical sense, in that every line, every beat, every slap on the bass or little twang of guitar is so well considered and perfectly placed. But far from sounding soulless, cold or contrived it's full of feel and emotion.
Think mid to late 80's Scottish bands and the likes of Big Country, Simple Minds, Wet Wet Wet and Deacon Blue spring immediately to mind due to their great commercial success. But at the same time there were a number of other brilliant bands creating absolute gems of songs and albums, bands like The Blue Nile, Hipsway, The Big Dish, and above all... Love and Money. This album remains one of my all time favourites.