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Animal Magic and 1987s, she Was Only a Grocers Daughter may be placed in the same class as the Sophisti-Pop/Dance works of fellow batchmates like Spandau Ballet (With Pride Level 42 (Something about You ABC (Poison Arrow Simply Red (Something Got Me Started Curiosity Killed.
Robert has only strengthened his songwriting muscles in the nearly 40 years hes been plying his trade.
Robert exercised some of his electric guitar muscles and pulled out some licks that would have been at home on Animal Magic, which for me was a real guitar album.Other than that, If Not Now, When?I have to say that the results here were fully on par with a classic pop song such as Everybodys Talking.It wasnt until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their nascent critical acclaim, the song Digging Your Scene (off the bands second album, Animal Magic) becoming a massive worldwide hit.The Blow Monkeys spent 2009 touring Devils Tavern, recording a live album at the 100 Club (Travelin Souls Live At the 100 Club) before signing to FOD Records and settling down to write the follow-up.
Elsewhere Q maintained that Robert continues to sound like he dresses only in velvet and smokes cigarillos whilst Record Collector posited that if Devils Tavern had a lock in, youd stumble out at dawn, blinking, your head heavy but your heart won forever.
The resultant record deal has spawned Staring At The Sea, an album that has turned out to contain the best collection of songs the band have ever recorded.
Then the influences reached much farther back into Fred Neil territory!It really sounded like the album was recorded game bot coc 4.1.1 live in a studio room.Released on April 14, 2015, If Not Now, When?In many ways Staring At The Sea is a surprising record, surprising, that is, because it is so relevant and yet has been made by a band who hit the heights more than twenty years ago.The Killing Breeze definitely sported a laidback, seaside vibe and the real star of this song, as in much of the album itself, was the superb string arrangements, courtesy of arranger/producer Bob Rose.There Goes The Neighbourhood a politically-motivated record (This record is NOT for sale in South Africa!) that featured Wait, a collaboration with soul diva Kym Mazelle and an experimental dance/pop bias that reached fruition on the bands final album Springtime.Listening to this album was very easy because the songs and performances flow effortlessly and have breathing space and a presence that one can definitely hear.In later releases, such as 2008s.The caliber of the songwriting was kept high and the pacing made for a smooth moving 44 minute album that seemed a bit shorter than that.
The title track starts to wrap up the album by returning the listener to the basic Rock-n-Roll sound adopted for the opener.
Robert solo album given that the band were keeping to the margins here on the mostly low-key material, but that didnt make it a bad album.