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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B000002U8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1984 EMI Records release out of the U.K

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The lyrics are haunting, the music a mix of piano keyboards, sounds from the rainforest, and techno backdrops.
L C
Very few are negative about the album as a whole (only one or two song titles that keep cropping up again and again).
Dwight Blubaugh
I still get butterflies every time I play it, and I've had the album since it came out - an accidental purchase!
MR VINCENT KEITH

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Boy, am I glad I hung on to my original CD from 1985. Along with "The Golden Age Of Wireless," these two Thomas Dolby titles were among the very first CD's I ever purchased. At the time of the first listen to the vinyl album of "The Flat Earth," I was a tad disappointed that Dolby's professed love of Joni Mitchell (whom he soon would produce - see "Dog Eat Dog") had led to an album loaded with extremely moody and low key songs. There were a lot more traditional instruments involved with the making of "The Flat Earth," which wasn't really what I was expecting. With the exception of "Hyperactive," which sounded like a "Wireless" leftover, "The Flat Earth" barely sounded like the quirky kid we'd fallen in love with on the first album.
Still, the album had a certain jazzy depth that I kept coming back to. Maybe I didn't love it on the first listen. Or the second, or for that matter, the third. But by the end of the first week, I was hooked. I think side one of the original album became glued to my turntable for the remainder of the summer of 1984, as the intrigue of "Dissidents," the sensitivity of the title track and the lonely alienation of "Screen Kiss" kept me enthralled. I was fortunate to win a CD player in a radio contest a year later and found this disc in the racks....and it's not left my library since.
I have since become enamored of Dolby's interpretation of Dan Hick's "I Scare Myself" to the point that I prefer it over the original. I also still can find myself bouncing along to "The White City," which took some flack at the time for what many perceived as a drug reference.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L C on October 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a brilliant work, both musically, as well as conceptually. Certainly, my other two favorite Dolby albums - "Wireless" and "Aliens" - are collections of a lot of great, fun, intelligent music, complete with bouncing beats and ecclectic lyrics. This CD, however, is very different.
"The Flat Earth" is a short album in many respects. There really are 6 songs in this collection. (I do not count "Hyperactive!" as part of this album. It never quite fit on this album, although it is a great song. It seemed like it belonged somewhere else... I sometimes simply skip the song when I put the CD on.) Of the other 6 songs, there is something haunting, dark and brilliant about the music. It is somber, sometimes depressing, and always moving. In the song "Dissidents," his lyrics are threatening... "...at the hands of the press, and in the eyes of the government, I fell from grace..."
"Mulu the Rainforest" is a musical masterpiece for its time. The lyrics are haunting, the music a mix of piano keyboards, sounds from the rainforest, and techno backdrops.
This CD is certainly not a happy one. Even Dolby's version of D. Hick's "I Scare Myself" helps set the somber mood of the compilation. I never thought love lyrics could sound so bitter... or make obsession seem so promising... "I scare myself just thinking about you. I scare myself when I'm without you..."
This is not the Thomas Dolby that most people remember. But that's fine. While most people think of or dismiss Dolby's earliest hit "She Blinded me with Science," I feel like I am one of the select few who knows about the Flat Earth.... This is a very special and precious CD to me... as precious as that gold Thomas is looking for on the cover...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MR VINCENT KEITH on March 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's a pity that Dolby is best known for his "She Blinded Me With Science" single - catchy perhaps, but in no way representative of the depth and breadth of his talent. Dolby's unique vision is echoed in today's more creative samplers but he did it the hard way. Take a little time and listen to this album from start to finish and you will experience modern music in its most evocative and colourful form - not to mention layered and tactile. I still get butterflies every time I play it, and I've had the album since it came out - an accidental purchase! When I try to describe it, I always resort to images, feelings and sensations: "Pitcure Hollywood at dawn as seen by a foreigner..." In time, you will associate each track with images and recollections that are so vivid and clear that the experience goes beyond music and becomes part of your most vivid memories, like a toy you loved in childhood, your first experience in a new country or realising for the first time that you are an adult. This album is as relevant today as it was when it first came out - indeed when I play it for those who don't know it, they assume it's a recent release, This may not be meaningful in all cases, but for an album with a distinctly experimental and futuristic pedigree, it proves the worth and integrity of the effort. Final tip: don't go for remixes or extended versions - they miss the point entirely. If you are serious about modern music, you must OWN THIS.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clark Battle on March 28, 2003
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There is a refined classiness about this album that hangs well together, except the last track. Personally, I dont like the song Hyperactive very much. I dont think that it's mechanical robotic nerd-wave sound fits the luscious glamour of the rest of the album. The White City is similar but its song structure still fits the album. It serves as an upbeat contrast that still fits. If Hyperactive were replaced with Airwaves from The Golden Age of Wireless (which fits this album much more than that one), then this would be a 5 star masterpiece every bit as good as XTC's Skylarking.
I would love to see The Flat Earth on SACD or even 96/48 DVD. It definitely deserves it since the recording quality is fantastic. I kick myself for having not bought it on vinyl when I could have. Now its only available as an import.
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