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The Neighbours Never Complained
on 11 March 2013
With the album's name a hostage to fortune, `Lament' was issued in 1984. I was nineteen at the time, and loved most of this album to death, playing it loud and consistently. My neighbours must have been sick to death of it but never complained.
I consider it to be superior to the previous `Quartet' but still not as good as `Rage in Eden'. There are no duff tracks, but only one worthy of five stars - `One Small Day', an anthem for the frustrated man. The album as a whole is less innovative than previous releases in terms of song formats: there are no instrumentals and all songs are now arranged in a standard pop/rock structure. It feels as if the group are playing safe and looking forward to the international stadium-filling stardom that failed to arrive.
The main difference arising from the remastering is that which can be applied to all of the albums, namely the primary focus being placed on the guitar. The remastering equally makes the sound seem more distant: over there rather than right here. But the track that is most affected by the remastering is the stripped-back production now accorded to the opening track `White China'. It is barely recognisable from the original album. A `special mix' appears on the second CD just (and only just) makes up for the damage.
Indeed, it is the seventy-two minutes of the second disc that makes this package more than worthwhile. It's chock-full of extended versions, B-sides, and remixes.