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This review is from: The Golden Age Of Wireless (Audio CD)
Amid the welter of early 1980s synth pop, Thomas Dolby's debut album stands as one of the few genuinely high-quality examples. Dolby had played keyboards on Bruce Woolley's 'English Garden' album, where he had little more than a back-up role. Here, he stretches out, making imaginative use of the resources available to him, while embracing the availablity of other instruments. Projecting an image of an eccentric boffin, it isn't surprising that most of the material features science and technology related themes.
The hit 'Windpower' typifies Dolby's approach, utilising a range of electronic sounds rather than a straightforward synth riff. It makes for a set of varied and dramatic tracks, each one distinct, yet Dolby also shows a flair for melody, particularly on 'Airwaves' and 'Weightless.'
'She Blinded Me With Science' was the biggest hit, its profile raised by a contribution from TV celebrity, Dr Magnus Pyke. This is rather obviously beaty hit material. It's probably also the least interesting track. The apocalyptic mood of 'Flying North,' the uncanny 'One Of Our Submarines' and the strange 'Cloudburst...' all boast a great atmosphere while 'Weightless' contains some spine-tingling moments. There's a lot going on throughout this album.