Came upon this CD in a local thrift awhile back. Immediately noticed it was an early West German pressing and that it was in terrific condition. Autobuy! And of course, the price was right, as it always is in the thrift shops.
I’m not terribly familiar with Thomas Dolby, apart from “She Blinded Me With Science” (which happens to be on The Golden Age of Wireless). Well, I thought I wasn’t familiar anyway…but as soon as I put this CD on, the memories came flooding back and I suddenly remembered owning this one on LP a million years ago (or at least 20). Let me tell you, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. But I digress… It was a real treat to hear these songs again. It’s kind of a shame that Dolby often gets reduced to “Science”, his biggest hit. While it is a great song, listening to the rest of this disc gives further clues to his brilliance: “Airwaves” and “One of Our Submarines” are hauntingly beautiful songs, and alone worth the price of admission. “Radio Silence” has a great, hooky chorus…in fact, everything here is loaded with strong melodies and wonderful songwriting.
The 80s have been unfairly written off by many. People remember the bad keyboard sounds, bad clothes, and bad attitude. But I remember the 80s as a terrific time for music, when melody and creativity were still finding their way into the mainstream.
The Verdict: Yessir!
My Cost: $1.99