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Classic 80's synthrock that has aged remarkably well!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Flowers (Audio CD)
It's hard to believe that this album is 20 this year! The original english version was called simply Icehouse, here we have the full Australian version plus 3 bonus tracks as re-released in 1993. So what of the music? Icehouse sit comfortably alongside Ultravox and Japan musically with Iva Davies' voice coming across as a combination of Bowie, Ferry and David Sylvian. This, their debut album is considerably harder than the more familiar Hey Little Girl (their big UK hit)hanging on the coat-tails of punk with lots of spikey guitar cutting through the lush keyboards of Andy Quanta. The songs have an epic quality, the eponymous "Icehouse" is Vienna on an even grander scale, the rest of the album is New Romantic heaven, pausing for Iva Davies brief Lou Reed impression on "Nothing To Do" (a track omitted from the original UK release)and then finishing with another cinematic flourish - "Not My Kind". The remaining 3 tracks are B-sides of early singles and demonstrate that Icehouse had plenty of quality material left over after recording the album. If you're a child of the 80's and have played your Duran Duran and Vox albums to death listen to this for a bit of variety.