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Uplifting albums by deluded optimists

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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
"If you insist on criticising Jim Kerr's lyrics, then you're a miserable cynic who doesn't deserve the benefit of this album's rays of transcendental ecstasy."
Cupid & Psyche 85
Cupid & Psyche 85
"If ever an album screamed "summer", this was it. It's funky, the vocals are great, and above all you won't stop humming these tunes."
Back In The High Life
Back In The High Life
"If "Higher Love" and "The Finer Things" don't cheer you up, you don't want cheering up."
Rio
Rio
"These blokes really wanted you to know they were having a better time than you - but there was a definite trickle-down of good vibes."
Pop! - The First 20 Hits
Pop! - The First 20 Hits
"With Erasure, Vince Clarke never reached the heights of tunesmithery he did with Yazoo, but hey, let's not let that spoil the party."
Bigger Than America
Bigger Than America
"This group were never very likeable, but no one could accuse them of being sourpusses. This is a non-stop acid-house-influenced dance party, with good tunes to boot."
Logos (Live At The Dominion London '82)
Logos (Live At The Dominion London '82)
"There's definitely a summer vibe to this album's-worth of appealing instrumental electronica."
Afternoons in Utopia
Afternoons in Utopia
"Warm and watery from start to finish. VERY naff."
The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
"Hall and Oates represented everything that was smug and superficial about the 1980s. Disquietingly though, they represented quite a lot that was enjoyable about them at the same time."
Dare
Dare
"As if in defiance of the political mood of the times, early 80s music was full of creativity and optimism. Proof? Exhibit 1, M'lud."