ARTIST                      :      SPANDAU BALLET

GENRE                       :      POP

DATE OF RELEASED :      1989

As a whole, listeners will find the album with mixed emotion.  Avid fans of this band will find some song tiring as it sounds like some of their previous hits.  Non-fans will find some songs been heard before and other music fans will treat any song from this album as nothing sort of spectacular.  Indeed this record could be done haphazardly just to capitalize and monetize whatever is left behind with the band’s popularity as the eighties is nearing its end then.  Here is a track by track review of this album.

“Be Free With Your Love” is some kind of hodge podge in terms of musical structure thus, you feel like that it is a salute to all eighties band as many refrains and hooks are similar to popular songs during the eighties.

“Crashed Into Love” sounds like “Weak in The Presence of Beauty” by Floy Joy and covered by Alison Moyette which she turned into a huge hit.  The former song was released in 1989 and the latter was produced in 1987.

“Big Feeling” is another typical Spandau Ballet song full of horn and string arrangement.

:A Matter Of Time” is a rip off “Round and Round” if you listen to it closely.  You feel that the chords were just rearranged.

“Motivator” is the kind of song where the band pleaded for listeners to take them seriously and not just consider them as pure glamour pop band. The good thing about this song is that it has good rhyme of words.

“Empty Spaces” is another song in this album which has its roots from the band’s earlier records.  It seems that they are paying tribute to “Through The Barricades” with this song.

“Windy Town “might not sounds like any familiar Spandau Ballet song but somehow this song feels like a reject from their earlier albums.

“A Handful of Dust” might have a weird song title for a Spandau Ballet song but, this is the most engaging song in this record.  Twenty six years after, one can still feel mixed feelings whether to like the whole record or just treasure the song individually according to listeners’ liking.  Thus, I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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