Power Windows (1985). We’re still driven by synths and electronics, but we’re still rockin’, by and large!
Big Money was a hit song, it’s a huge, sprawling thing with a lot going on within its borders. You know it well already.
Grand Designs is where an epiphany hits me, in all this. And I hate to say this, it’s totally inaccurate and I know it. All this stuff from the mid-80s… does it not sound all the same, to any of the rest of you? Like, songs could be interchangeable between albums (excepting lyrical content)? I’m certainly not meaning to deride or belittle any of the work here, but as I go through the thought has started to occur to me. I think it’s the utter shift in sound, the one I said yesterday was alright by me because it was their choice to go that way, and I still say that… Weird. I know. I KNOW! I’m probably way off base. But I had to express it. And anyway, Grand Designs. Good song. I liked the guitar solo.
Manhattan Project (also from the Chronicles I’ve pummelled with repeated listens) is a pretty, slow song, though its subject matter is still what you think it is. Eventually, the rock wins out, though. The juxtaposition and the lyrical content is all a bit unsettling. I like that it kept me on edge.
Marathon is a huge track (fiitingly). Lots of everything, here. The instrumentations are all excellent – bass, guitar and drums. Synths, well, of course they were here too. I think they were going for uplifting here, and it worked for sure.
Territories slowly builds into another rocker whose sound fits the album perfectly. I liked the bit at 2:00. Many times they just hit those moments and you nod your head, secure in the knowledge that these guys are masters at their craft.
Middletown Dreams seamlessly connects to Territories. See above comment in Grand Designs. It’s still a good song! Really! It has a certain menace to it, a heaviness that most of the others haven’t had (in the same way).
Emotion Detector builds into a period-perfect rocker. I liked the chorus part. But wow, it’s actually getting hard (at times) to believe that this is the same band! Of course, I am exhausted, it’s been a long week. Maybe I’m not hearing this record properly and need to sleep on it.
Mystic Rhythms stomps along, driven largely by the drums and the bass. It plods a bit, but it’s a fitting album closer.
In sum: Yeah, I need to hear this again, when I’m not falling asleep at the keyboard (my Mac keyboard, not a synth!). Maybe I did it a disservice, playing it tonight, unable as I was to play it in the car this afternoon, in my usual manner. I wasn’t able to get myself into the proper headspace to deal with all the everything-80s in this record. I am still completely grateful for the chance to hear it, please don’t misunderstand. Thanks heaps, Mike the one and only Lebrain!