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After all this time I expected a lot more......very disappointed.,
This review is from: Perfect World (Audio CD)
I've been a huge fan of Strangeways since I saw them support Europe in the mid-eighties when they blew the roof off the old `Manchester Apollo'. I was over the moon to hear they were reforming for the recent Firefest performance and with an album to follow. It's been over ten years since their last studio album which is enough time to get it right, surely?
Before its release I was concerned they might fall into the trap of reinventing themselves to push their original sound towards (what they feel is) a more contemporary feel to give them wider appeal as so many reformed eighties rock bands have done before but to little effect. So when I finally got to listen to the album it obvious almost immediately that my concerns appeared to be entirely justified. Gone are the great guitar riffs, the sweeping melodies and anthemic vibes running through the core of every track and in their place are watered down, almost weedy jazz-esque guitars and instantly forgettable melodies without a memorable anthem in sight. Worst of all though is that almost every track is a ballad, save for Perfect World and the utterly forgettable filler Movin' On. Personally, I don't like ballads at all, I delete them from playlists, but usually a `rock' (I use the word loosely here) album has one, maybe two on there, this album is filled with them. Also, as the previous reviewer mentioned, the production quality on this offering is terrible. It just sounds flat and lifeless, even when played on a quality system. There's just no getting away from the fact that this whole effort seems rushed on all levels just to coincide with a reunion performance. Terry Brock must really be wondering what he's let himself in for.
Eighties rock/metal bands need to remember what made them popular in the first place. Yes, we've all moved on from the eighties, we've cut our hair, we've got families and respectable jobs but we've not moved on so much that we've binned our music collections, we do still play them. We want more of the same with a hint of the contemporary ala Terry Brock `Diamond Blue', W.E.T. `W.E.T' or Giant `Promised Land'.........So, don't waste your money on this you'll only be disappointed.