Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Scale of Ten
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
First time on CD for this most sought after album from 1985. Sleeve notes written by Matt Johnson of The The. Groundbreaking 80's electronic experimentation from a truly influential artist. Includes six bonus tracks, 'Easy... more »
First time on CD for this most sought after album from 1985. Sleeve notes written by Matt Johnson of The The. Groundbreaking 80's electronic experimentation from a truly influential artist. Includes six bonus tracks, 'Easy Way', 'Control Yourself' (Out Of Control Mix), 'Chasing The Dragon', Transition', 'Time Heals', & 'Listen', & the full length versions of two tracks, 'International' & 'No 1', that were edited on the original album. BMG. 2004.
C. S. Willey | Los Angeles | 08/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seems Leer evolved quite a bit from his days collaborating with Robert Rental and recording lo-fi synth-soul in his bedroom. This disc, from 84, is very slick. You can almost hear the very same Fairlight sounds used
by Trevor Horn in his productions for the Art of Noise and Propaganda.
However, most of these tracks are minimal in construction. 'Memories of Reason' and 'International' are the gems here, but the other tracks do grow on you after repeated listens. Leer never goes for the big chorus or obvious hook. His vocals just float on top of the chugging electro-rhythms. Is this synth-pop perfection? Certainly not--this disc is a bit more cerebral than most. I can see why this thing was never a big-seller in the U.K. because it just doesn't hit the mark most of the time.
If you're buying this, you know who Leer is an what he's capable of. This is Leer at his most polished. A good disc that belongs in the collection
of those who want a little more from their mid-80's synthesizer pop. For 'memories of reason' alone it is worth the purchase."