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The monumental second album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Songs From The Big Chair (Audio CD)
Back in 1985, two years between a first and second album was considered an awful long time, but this second album from TFF was well worth the wait. Taking them into a new, slightly more mature direction than their debut album The Hurting, Songs From The Big Chair became their biggest selling album worldwide, spawning five hit singles, and achieved that much sought-after combination of critical acclaim and commercial appeal. The hits you will probably already know if you were around at the time, such was their popularity that year, but there are other lesser known gems on the album such as The Working Hour and particularly the dramatic final track, Listen, which fuses operatic vocals with piano and swirling synths to end the album with climactic effect. Many years on, the album still retains great appeal, although you cannot help but be pulled back to the mid 1980's when you hear any of it's massively successful hit singles. The only problem I had with the album back then was that it only had eight tracks on it. The remastered version of the CD now contains several extra tracks (mostly B-sides of the singles) that make this much better value for money. Despite it's somewhat pretentious title (clumsily inspired by a film about a woman with multiple personality disorder), this album is certainly the most accessible of their work, tending not to dwell too much on the doom laden, darker aspects of the first album. Despite it's huge commercial appeal, it was still intelligent and thought provoking (as is most TFF material). Although this particular TFF fan doesn't think it's quite the best album in their catalogue, it can be described as nothing less than "brilliant" and should take it's place within every avid music collector's collection. Recommended.