They may be gone but not forgotten The Dream Academy did not get half the success they deserved Love Parade Indian Summer Angel of Mercy/Immaculate Heartache all deserved to be massive hits
I saw a review of Different Kind of Weather stated parts of album are dreary sorry are we listening to same album? Self titled album is an excellent album,Remembrance Days was very good but not as good but Different Kind Of Weather is the third and best album without question excluding the Love Lennon cover version Lucy September or Gaby Says better choice singles Aside from this all the songs are excellent and the album is played regularly decades on from release consitency on this album is better than previous two but in all honesty buy all 3 if you can
Why, oh why, did the Dream Academy fade into obscurity after only three albums? A combination of beautiful soulful lyrics, the distinctive oboe sound of Kate St John, the production skills of David (Pink Floyd) Gilmour, and some of the most intelligent - if occasionally rather pretentious - songwriting of the 1980s made this band one of the finest art-rock acts of their era; and by the time "A Different Kind of Weather" was released, they had pretty much perfected the art of the wistful, thought-provoking, not-quite-pop song. It's hard to find a bad track on the album. Almost all have infectiously catchy tunes and a brilliant line in irony in the lyrics ("St Valentine's Day" is the best anti-Valentine's song ever written, and the perfect antidote to being dumped!), one or two of the tracks ("Forest Fire" and "Mercy Killing") are almost protest songs but without the band ever sounding self-conscious or "worthy", "12/8 Angel" is a brilliant piece of rock with a very non-commercial-pop beat, and "Waterloo" is a gorgeous piece of scene-painting. The cover version of John Lennon's "Love" which opens the album may not be to everyone's taste (it wasn't to mine) but there's no denying the sheer craftsmanship in the production of the song, and it reintroduces a Dream Academy key requirement - the "wordless lyric", most famously heard in "Life in a Northern Town" - which is otherwise surprisingly absent on this album. This album is a great antidote to the school of thinking which says that all "serious" music has to be as glum as Radiohead or Coldplay. It may make you think, it may touch a heartstring or two, but it's unlikely to leave you without a smile.
Some might say that Dream Academy were running out of steam by this, their 3rd album. On the strength of songs here, I would say not, although perhaps the quality control is less consistent here than earlier efforts (neither 'Lucy September' nor 'Mercy Killing' grew on me with subsequent listening). The band never seemed to fit in with the contemporary music scene around at the time (1985 - 1991) and so further real hits after the novelty of 'Life In a Northern Town' (from their debut album) proved elusive, despite some excellent material. Largely a studio band, Dream Academy actually toured A Different Kind of Weather, briefly (wish I'd known about the Egham gig...). Their music is well-crafted, classically tinged and multi-instrumental, with intelligent themes across a broad palette of subject matter. The compositions can be quite rock/poppy (the upbeat '12/8 Angel' and charming 'St. Valentine's Day') or cinematic ballads (listen to the aching 'Waterloo' and 'It'll Never Happen Again'), with an occasional protest thrown in (the ecological 'Forest Fire', which links in to the album title and theme).
The opening cover of Lennon's 'Love' was passable pop (with about half a dozen different versions on the CD single!), but they would have done better with a strong original composition for an opener, like the atmospheric 'Gaby Says' or 'Lowlands' (the latter almost echoes the chant from 'Life in a Northern Town'). I also liked the stripped back closing track 'Not For 2nd Prize', which was reminiscent of the 1st album's plaintive closer 'One Dream'.