Saturday, June 09, 2007

Pop Doesn't Get Any Better

The Dream Academy is pop at its best. Great hook laden melodies, good lyrics and well-produced songs. So why weren't they a hit? It's what happens often in pop; artists just sometimes fail to catch on. They had one very minor hit in 1985 when 'Life in a Northern Town staggered to No.15 in the UK charts. The follow-up, the ridiculously catch, 'Love Parade' just scrapped into the Top 75 and then they were gone. This album, co produced by Dave Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) didn't even make the Top 50. Their next album, 'Remembrance Days' is possibly even better, as a whole album, but it lacks a killer track.

The group was led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Laird-Cowes a former member of the short-lived Act; also comprised of multi-instrumentalist Kate St.John and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel Their 1991 comeback album, A Different Kind of Weather failed to restore them to the charts and they quietly left the stage.

Trust me, if you love great pop this album should be in your collection. You can get it at Amazon for just over £5. It'll give you a whole lot more lasting pleasure than two pints of lager and a packet of crisps.

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