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Thread: Album Club, November 2019: Thomas Dolby - 'The Flat Earth'

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    Default Album Club, November 2019: Thomas Dolby - 'The Flat Earth'

    The Album Choice for November comes courtesy of Ian (Ian 7653) with Thomas Dolby's 'The Flat Earth'. As always please listen to the album in its entirety before you comment and vote.



    Thomas Dolby 'The Flat Earth'




    This is one of my favourite albums from the 80's. I bought it on the strength of the fantastic Hyperactivity and wasn't disappointed. From the first track I was sold and really liked the rest of it. For me it's one of those rare albums that doesn't have a duff track, a blend of rock, soul and jazz all in an arty sort of way. The album moves around a lot in style but is all linked together by very tight musicians and that typical 80's energy. Hyperactivity is the Highlight but there are other gems too. I hope you like it.

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    Well what can I say other than , YES I like this , Not a artist / band I have had a intrest in previously , Have listened to the whole album ( At low volume as its 4.30 am ) will listen again later today at my normal volume ,
    Its a 8 out of 10 from me , can't score it higher as I am not sure if its their best work

    Thanks for posting , If its good a normal levels I will buy a LP vinyl version Thanks for posting this and expanding my musical horizon,
    Music is vinyl it fills the gaps between silence !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post


    Thanks for posting , If its good a normal levels I will buy a LP vinyl version Thanks for posting this and expanding my musical horizon,
    That's what the Album Club is all about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    That's what the Album Club is all about!
    Wow really
    Music is vinyl it fills the gaps between silence !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    Wow really
    Yes - the Album Club was intended to introduce recordings to Members that might have passed them by, as well as introducing more obscure and arcane items.

    Glad you enjoyed it.
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    I feel like an old Gumby writing this. Not my kind of thing. Starts well enough but from Screen Kiss onwards I’m reminded of everything I don’t like about popular music of this era, the notable exception being Hyperactive, which is excellent. 5
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    I bought this when it came out in 1984. Excellent example of early 80s electronic experimentation. His previous (debut) album, The Golden Age of Wireless, is also worth listening to. 8/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by ijrussell View Post
    I bought this when it came out in 1984. Excellent example of early 80s electronic experimentation. His previous (debut) album, The Golden Age of Wireless, is also worth listening to. 8/10
    I bought this album and Joe Jackson's Night and Day at the same time, I think I just alternated between them for about a month before going back to other stuff lol.
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    I think this is about the 5th or 6th time I have listened to this album, initially when it first came out, I think my best friend has a copy of it along with a couple of others.

    Musically and creatively it is a good album, but I get the same feeling now as I did back then which is slight disappointment. It is to do with the production, sadly IMO drum machines, electronic drum kits and sequencers were somewhat overused at the time, and for me this left many records produced lacking something. I find this the case with several of the tracks on The Flat Field although it is not as bad as some records from other artists at the time. I did check and a drummer was used but I suspect mainly using electronic drums, which would explain the particular sound, I know many artists used them as it seemed to be the norm and sound of the times.

    I like all the track although one or two are slightly pretentious or maybe its deliberate tongue in cheek lyrics and effects, perhaps I should have another listen.

    So having said that it is an album I will probably buy, that is I can find a good copy on vinyl at a reasonable price.

    I noticed that some other reviews like it, on a similar vain/feel you could try Nik Kershaw's - The Riddle (1984), maybe slightly more pop feel but a good one IMO, it reached 8 in the charts.

    So on this basis I have given it 8/10
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    ‘Aliens Ate My Buick’ is another popular one by Thomas Dolby and probably the most well known.

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