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Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Broth...

The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

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The Wake - Here Comes Everybody       Stewart Mason: 'The Wake's second album is so much better than their first, 1982's Harmony, that the earlier album may safely be forgotten, or at least thought of as a painful gr...

Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal

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Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal Ned Raggett: 'With this amazing album, Dead Can Dance fully took the plunge into the heady mix of musical traditions that would come to define its sound and style for the remainder o...

Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls

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 Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls  AMG Review: Having at last laid Roxy to bed with its final, intoxicatingly elegant albums, Ferry continued its end-days spirit with his own return to solo work. Dedicated to Ferry's fat...

The Cure – The Head on the Door

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The Cure - The Head on the Door       Tim Sendra: " After recording one of their darkest albums, 1984's The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup, which changed their musical direction rather radically. W...

Michael Brook – Hybrid

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Michael Brook - Hybrid AMG Review: The mid-'80s proved to be a prolific and exploratory time for the producer/performer team of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who this time out take guitarist Michael Brook under thei...

Simply Red – Picture Book

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Simply Red - Picture Book Simply Red - Picture Book is the debut album by British pop group Simply Red, released in October 1985. It contains the #1 single "Holding Back the Years", the band's most successful single,...

Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

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Tom Waits - Rain Dogs 'Daniel Durchholz' --The middle album of the trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years, Rain Dogs is Waits's best overall effort. The songs are first-rate, and there are a l...

A-ha – Hunting High And Low

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A-ha - Hunting High And Low Hunting High and Low is the debut album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha . Released on 1 June 1985 through Warner Bros. Records, the album was a huge commercial success selling more than 10...

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy

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The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy AMG review:  Arguably Psychocandy is an album with one trick and one trick alone -- Beach Boys melodies meet Velvet Underground feedback and beats, all cranked up to ten and bey...

The Smiths – Meat is Murder

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The Smiths - Meat is Murder       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'With their second proper album Meat Is Murder, the Smiths begin to branch out and diversify, while refining the jangling guitar pop of their debut. In other...

New Order – Low-Life

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New Order - Low-Life AMG review: New Order - Low-Life, was, in every way, the artistic equal of their breakout, 1983's Power, Corruption & Lies. The point where the band's fusion of rock and electronics became se...