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Spandau Ballet:Greatest Hits
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
That small coterie of early-'80s Britpop bands who were part of the New Romantic movement--a dressed-up and dance-oriented response to punk rock--have largely been dismissed as pretty boys whose affinity for hairspray and ... more »
That small coterie of early-'80s Britpop bands who were part of the New Romantic movement--a dressed-up and dance-oriented response to punk rock--have largely been dismissed as pretty boys whose affinity for hairspray and trend mongering outweighs their talent. And while there's some truth in that, it's largely an unfair characterization. As evidence, check out this collection from Spandau Ballet, who began life as the overly photogenic house band (love that eye patch) for London's Blitz club and went on to international fame with pop-soul crooners like "True" and "Gold." But the band was more interesting on earlier tracks like "To Cut a Long Story Short," which suggest that brothers Gary and Martin Kemp could come up with a slightly smoother take on the intentionally stilted funk of cronies A Certain Ratio. In the unlikely event that pop revisionists ever give the New Romantics their due, Spandau Ballet will be at the head of the queue. --Bill Forman
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I just heard it today..loved ALL of it!
Preston | nc | 09/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just saw this album and bought it! This group was far more than just the mega hit True. This whole album sounded good--all 10 songs are very well done pop songs! Even Spandau Ballet rocked on some guitar heavy rockers like Highly Strung and To Cut a Long Story Short, Paint Me Down and Communication. Only When You Leave still sounds fabulous as well as their more famous True in 2004. I'll Fly For You is like the companion to True with its own jazzy meets pop vibe. It sounds pretty too. On some of the uptempo songs, they kind of sound like Culture Club, especially on Only When You Leave. The album is very '80s in its sound and musical landscapes (makes me feel like I'm in South Carolina, Georgia or sunny Florida), but sounds so fresh and never outdated now. This was a group that took it and ran with it creatively with their success in the '80s and I think that they compiled a good compilation in its 42 minute span."
Mrs. K. L. Gardner | 09/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is not one song on the CD that I do not like. I listen to it every day. Good quality, value for money and a CD must have."