ALBUM TITLE                        :        BRINGING HOME THE ASHES

ARTIST                                   :        THE WILD SWANS

GENRE                                    :        NEW WAVE

DATE RELEASED                   :        1988


The 80’s was an explosion of bands and only a few managed to last longer.  It was a unique decade where new wave bands were popular only in some countries like The Wild Swans.  This group did not chart a hit single or album in either side of the Atlantic charts but still they managed to carve their own niche in countries like Germany, Japan, and the Philippines.  This album “Bringing Home The Ashes” is one of the best albums of the eighties that were not discovered by millions of listeners.

It is quite a pity that this record is one of those rare records too where most of the songs can be considered as classics.  “Young Manhood” was considered as pop gem, “Bringing Home The Ashes” burned the dance floors then, “The Worst Years of My Life was pure pop delight musically and lyrically, and “Whirpool Heart” is a classic 80’s song that does not sound too dated even if played today.

When you play this record for the first time, you won’t have the urge to use the fast forward or next button of your player. Instead, you will be engrossed with the melodies and lyrics of all the songs in here.  The album may not sound like a JD Salinger in terms of depth and angst but still, it takes seriously about youth’s feelings and issues and concerns.  It is not usual that you have a band telling you “lie down, prepare your wedding.”  Or it is not very often that hear words “Goodbye flowers of England and bringing home the ashes.”  You feel that the band have a premonition about the England Rose.

At this time, the whole album is still delightful to listen and with that it deserves a 4 stars rating.

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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