The best Dream Academy album by far.
Released two years after their self-titled debut, this album really showed how the band had matured and honed their craft.
The album kicks off with the stunning single "Indian Summer", which gives a nod to their massive hit "Life In A Northern Town" The wall of vocal layers at the crescendo of the track is amazing and well-worth the price of the CD alone.
"The Lesson Of Love" is also a great track and should have been a single - it may have been, I've never seen it though. The other highlight for me on "side one" as they used to say is the beautiful "Hampstead Girl". Kate's voice is as beautiful as her face on this track.
Other noteworthy tracks are "In the Hands Of Love" and the great cover of the Korgis classic "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime".
As I mentioned though in the review of the first album, I bought this CD originally on release and as it doesn't seem to be remastered or contains extra tracks then I may not bother buying this re-release. I would urge all those who are curious to get this one first.
on 30 November 2007
I don't think The Dream Academy material was available in South Africa when I was a teenager - and I definitely missed out. Now, being a 40-something, I am catching up on all I missed out on - and decided to buy this on the strength of the Amazon reviews of the first album.
Well, I have not got further than track 6 : "Here" - what an incredible song. The oboe work is phenomenal, and turns it (almost) into a classical piece. It is anthemic & soaring, quiet & intimate, by turns.
What a voice the vocalist has too.
I can only say that this one song is worth the price alone - buy it.