'Standing In The Light' was a pivotal album for Level 42 back in 1983. After years of consistently denting the lower reaches of the singles charts with tracks like 'Love Games' and 'Turn It On', with 'The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up' they landed their first major hit. Slightly less the old Level 42 and a bit more mainstream commercial, 'The Sun Goes Down' was more in tune with what was going down on U.K. dance floors at the time. The album did not however have an obvious follow-up on it and neither 'Micro-Kid' (average) nor 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind' (a decent slower groove) did anywhere near as well as singles.
'Standing In The Light' is a consistent set though. For the most part the songs on offer here hark back to the bands earlier style but with more of an emphasis on vocals. This does not always work to the bands advantage however as Mark Kings voice is pretty monotone and this becomes increasingly apparent the longer the album goes on. 'A Pharoah's Dream (Of Endless Time)' is therefore even more of a welcome return to the bands roots. King does sing on the track but it is basically a bass and guitar led spacey fusion jam that features a nagging bass line to die for and the bands trademark soaring backing vocals.
'People' is a nice mid-tempo jolter with great lyrics, 'Dance On Heavy Weather' takes the groove more towards rock and is all synths and harmony vocals and 'The Machine Stops' features some of Mr Kings awesome quick fire bubbling bass playing.
Worth a purchase.
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