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Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

      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 Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what […]

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The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

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 growing lesson. Here Comes Everybody, which, like the Glasgow quartet’s name, is derived from James […]

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Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal

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 of its career. The straightforward goth affectations are exchanged for a sonic palette and range of […]

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Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls

 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 father, Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls is deservedly most famous for its smash single “Slave to Love.” With a […]

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Michael Brook – Hybrid

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 their ambient wing to create an album of considerable beauty and restraint. Taking a “less is more” approach to the […]

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Simply Red – Picture Book

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, and a cover of The Valentine Brothers’ “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”. Three other singles were released […]

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Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

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 lot of them–19 in all, ranging from grim nightlife memoirs (“9th and Hennepin,” “Singapore”) to portraits of small-time hustlers (“Gun […]

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A-ha – Hunting High And Low

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 million units worldwide, peaking at #15 in the United States Billboard 200 and reaching high […]

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy

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 beyond, along with plenty of echo. However, what a trick it is. Following up on the promise of […]

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New Order – Low-Life

              John Bush:  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 seamless, it showed the bandmembers having it every way they wanted: heavily sequenced and synthesized, but […]

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