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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
1 CD studio album + Live 2 CD set: It's not surprising that The Fixx were still around--with the same core lineup of singer Cy Curnin, guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall and drummer Adam Woods--nearly ... more »
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1 CD studio album + Live 2 CD set: It's not surprising that The Fixx were still around--with the same core lineup of singer Cy Curnin, guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall and drummer Adam Woods--nearly 15 years after their period of greatest commercial success. Plenty of MTV-era stars are still plying their trade, after all. What is surprising is that 12 years after their last US hit single, "Secret Separation," The Fixx were able to release 1998's ELEMENTAL on a major US label, proving how popular the group's streamlined art rock is elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe. ELEMENTAL is not far removed from The Fixx's other '90s albums. Having moved away from the art rock impenetrability of early hits such as "One Thing Leads to Another," the group created a smooth, mature pop not far removed from other grown-ups the likes of Peter Gabriel, Genesis, or even Enya.
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has amazing range to it - from great acoustic numbers, to all-out rockers, and even one tune that could have been recorded for 1983's Reach the Beach - this new CD is easily one of their best. Not just an 80's revival band, The Fixx show here that they can still make a great album that is fresh and inviting. Highly recommended."
"From high of highs to depths of sorrow"
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 12/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a longtime FIXX fan, I was very happy when Elemental was released and I was finally able to see the band live in a small bar in Chico, California. Elemental almost captures that early 1980s magic that was the FIXX. It starts out to be five-star material. The single "Two Different Views" is one of the best songs they've released in a long time. It is a soothing number with wonderful acoustic guitar. "Is That It?" is one of the heaviest songs the FIXX has ever recorded and sounded fantastic live. "Happy Landings" is a nice slow song and "Silent House" is a haunting track that would have fit quite snugly on the Phantoms album. Unfortunately, the last three tracks on Elemental ends the album on a very sour note. "You Know Me" sports the following lyrics: "So don't judge a book by its cover Don't count your chickens before they hatch We're all looking for that super lover" and "Life's What's Killing Me" is just plain bad, so down goes the grade. While it is no Reach the Beach or Shuttered Room, Elemental is pure FIXX. Cy Curnin and the band sound great. Casual fans may want to pass on this one but any FIXX fanatic from long ago or newcomer who can't get enough of the FIXX will enjoy having this CD in their collection."
A great comeback album with a mature, earthy sound.
mwreview | 08/11/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After hearing rumors of the FIXX's final break up, this album brings a return of the band's profound lyrics, Cy Curnin's ever-improving vocals, and Jamie West-Oram's distinctive guitar playing. Though this album leans toward the more popular acoustic sound, there are great efforts (as usual) to explore both musical genres ("We Once Held Hands") and social/philosophical territory("Two Different Views").This album seems a culmination of all that's come before: "Ocean Blue" as a Reach the Beach type song; "Fatal Shore" as a kind of Walkabout tune; "Silent House" as a reminder of the Phantoms album. This album is a collage of sarcastic cliche, social commentary, self-discovery, and futuristic thinking. The FIXX is definitely an under-rated 80s band that has managed to keep making music, and has done so on their terms. Each release of a new album from the FIXX brings a refreshing reminder that there is more to music making th! an chart-busting and trendiness."