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Saturday, January 13, 2018

532. Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1984














Tracks
1. World is My Oyster
2. Welcome to the Pleasuredome
3. Relax
4. War
5. Two Tribes
6. (Tag)
7. Snatch of Fury
8. Born to Run
9. San Jose
10. Wish the Lads Were Here
11. Ballad of '32
12. Krisco Kisses
13. Black Night White Light
14. Only Star in Heaven
15. Power of Love
16. Bang...


I am currently in bed with a nasty case of tonsillitis that doesn't seem to respond to our earthly antibiotics. Oh well, it's giving me a chance to catch up on my blogs and albums! Here we have another amazing album and I do believe we are on a roll.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood performs quite a few covers on this album, including "San Jose," "War," and "Born to Run." Those were certainly my favorite tracks, though that's not to say that the original songs weren't good. I probably could have done without "Ballad of '32," which was pretty creepy, but I ended up loving "Power of Love."

There's something really fun about this band and if I didn't sound like Kathleen Turner right now, I probably would have sang along. 

RATING: 5/5

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

531. Colour By Numbers

Colour By Numbers
The Culture Club
1983














Tracks
1. Karma Chameleon 
2. It's A Miracle 
3. Black Money 
4. Changing Every Day 
5. That's The Way (I'm Only Trying To Help You) 
6. Church Of The Poison Mind 
7. Miss Me Blind 
8. Mister Man 
9. Stormkeeper 
10. Victims


This is the final album of 1983 and what a way to go. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a five star album on our...ears. Ahem. Is this thing on?

This album is absolutely brilliant, starting from the opening track. You will be hard pressed to get some of these melodies out of your head, particularly "Karma Chameleon" and "Church of the Poison Mind." It just doesn't get better than the Culture Club; I wish more people would talk about them. 

Anyway, say goodbye to 1983, which was truly the best (this and The Blue Nile) and the worst (Meat Puppets) of times. Happy holidays!

RATING: 5/5

Sunday, December 3, 2017

530. Meat Puppets II

Meat Puppets II
Meat Puppets
1983














Tracks
1. Split Myself in Two
2. Magic Toy Missing
3. Lost
4. Plateau
5. Aurora Borealis
6. We're Here
7. Climbing
8. New Gods
9. Oh, Me
10. Lake of Fire
11. I'm a Mindless Idiot
12. Whistling Song


Usually I would start with my traditional apology for waiting so long between posts but this is a country punk album. Yes, you read that correctly. For that reason, I don't think an explanation is necessary as to why I would put off listening to this.

Actually, it wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting. It was all over the place but what it lacked in cohesion it made up for in pure enthusiasm. And hey, at least it was original.


Of course, any band named the "Meat Puppets" is never going to be a favorite of mine. Still worth a listen.

RATING: 3/5


Monday, November 6, 2017

529. Synchronicity

Synchronicity
The Police
1983













Tracks
1. Synchronicity I
2. Walking In Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King Of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea In The Sahara


Ah, last album was U2 and now The Police?  This is wonderful!  What did I do to des-oh wait, the next album is Meat Puppets.  That's more like it.

Well, let's enjoy our four star album before the dark times.  This was a great album and you have probably heard at least one of these songs even if you aren't into The Police.  I think Sting tends to show off sometimes; maybe he wants us to think he is Bono.  But he is perfect here.

Might be the last good album of 1983.  So check it out!

RATING: 4/5

Sunday, October 15, 2017

528. War

War
U2
1983













Tracks
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday 
2. Seconds 
3. New Year's Day 
4. Like A Song... 
5. Drowning Man 
6. The Refugee 
7. Two Hearts Beat As One 
8. Red Light 
9. Surrender 
10. 40


So we can all probably agree that Bono is generally pretty annoying.  That being said at least he has good intentions and most famous people are dicks anyway.  That is my cheerful introduction to War, the first five star album we have had in a long time!

I feel like we often get albums that are completely devoid of meaning but catchy as hell, or albums that are a total slog to get through, but carry some important message.  Rarely do we get the best of both worlds.  Here we get some great political songs that I really enjoyed listening to.  The entire album has a very cohesive sound and you can see why U2 is so influential over the years.

A wonderful album and we get the Police next!  Things are turning around for old Amanda!

RATING: 5/5

Monday, October 2, 2017

527. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Eurythmics
1983














Tracks
1. Love Is a Stranger 
2. I've Got an Angel 
3. Wrap It Up 
4. I Could Give You (A Mirror) 
5. Walk 
6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 
7. Jennifer 
8. This Is the House 
9. Somebody Told Me 
10. This City Never Sleeps


Well I have been looking for an album to break the "meh" streak we have been having lately.  These albums aren't bad, but I keep waiting to be swept off my feet.  Once again, this was a decent album, but my socks are still firmly in place.

We've probably all heard "Sweet Dreams," although I would have never been able to name the band that sang it.  It's been awhile since I was greatly impressed by vocals, but I loved the sound of this album.  It's like Annie Lennox was angry and friendly sounding at the same time.  It was an odd combination, but it worked.

However, it did get a bit redundant by the end and I was ready for it to be over.  Next up, U2! 

RATING: 3/5

Monday, September 18, 2017

526. Eliminator

Eliminator
ZZ Top
1983














Tracks
1. Gimme All Your Lovin' 
2. Got Me Under Pressure 
3. Sharp Dressed Man 
4. I Need You Tonight 
5. I Got The Six
6. Legs 
7. Thug 
8. TV Dinners 
9. Dirty Dog 
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down 
11. Bad Girl


As a 22 year old woman, I think I would be quite an exceptional person if I got enjoyment out of this.  Now, I did like Tres Hombres, but unfortunately, this album didn't hold the same appeal for me.  

Did they get cheesier?  I think the 80s were a bad influence on them.  I guess there has always been an element of cheese in ZZ Top, but it was decidedly less charming this go-round.

Anyway, another just okay album.  I'm looking forward to getting blown away by something soon.

RATING: 3/5