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Good - yet laid-back and a little smothered
on 13 January 2011
I've been a fan of the Terry Brock-era late 1980's Strangeways ever since I originally heard 'Native Sons' when it was released on vinyl. Like many others, I was very surprised to hear of a comeback album over 20 years later.....with none other than Terry Brock himself on vocals.....after all these years!
To be totally honest, I was initially quite disappointed when I first listened to 'Perfect World.' And like some of the other reviewers, I think the production lets it down....making it sound a little smothered.... BUT with a little tweaking of your bass and treble controls (both needing quite a boost IMO) the sound can be improved somewhat.
The fact is I'd already heard Terry Brock's latest solo album 'Diamond Blue.' Now that album sounds very much like a continuation of Strangeways' 'Walk In The Fire'.....great production, excellent AOR music with driving guitars and great melodies, and Brock's vocals are on top form throughout 'Diamond Blue.' It's certainly a step up from 'Back To Eden' - as good a solo effort as that was.
So if you compare 'Perfect World' to 'Native Sons' 'Walk in the Fire' or 'Diamond Blue' you may be a little disappointed. (I can't comment on the post-Brock Strangeways albums cos I haven't heard them. Most reviews put me off!) BUT don't let that stop you! This latest offering from Strangeways is still very good, so don't write it off just yet. In fact it gets better every time I listen to it (especially on headphones). It's more chilled out, but there are some great songs on here. Yes, there's an issue with the production, and IMO Brock's voice may not be as strong and consistent as on 'Diamond Blue'...nevertheless, give it a chance and let it stand on it's own. You may enjoy it. I'm appreciating it the more I listen to it. Here's hoping they do another album before too long that will have a little more bite to it - and better production!