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Icicle Works [Import]

Icicle WorksAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000025STY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chop The Tree
2. Love Is A Wonderful Colour
3. Reaping The Rich Harvest
4. As The Dragonfly Flies
5. Lover's Day
6. In The Cauldron Of Love
7. Out Of Season
8. Factory In The Desert
9. Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)
10. Nirvana

Editorial Reviews

The music written here by Mcnabb is beautiful, powerful, erudite, literary and tender all at once. This is the debut album from Icicle Works. Beggars. 2003.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rides the Angst of the 80's March 12, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I haven't heard this music for ten years, and I still know all the music and lyrics by heart. I'm happy to finally find it on CD. Whisper to a Scream is the most popular tune from the album, lending an underground rebel tone we all know and love from the time. The tunes flow well together. You won't find yourself skipping around for the next great song. They're all full of intense drums and lyrics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, beautiful music June 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've loved this band since "Whisper to a Scream" was on the US charts in 1983. I was a teenager in the 80's, and have many favorite bands from that era, but the Icicle Works is one of the few that I still listen to all the time. It's a shame this gorgeous music was never more widely appreciated - it's brilliant! My favorites are "Love is a Wonderful Color," "Out of Season," "Chop the Tree" and "Waterline," which unfortunately is not included in this CD release. Amazingly I still have a cassette of the original US release which still plays, so for the time being I still have a copy of "Waterline"! All in all, this is a great album, and what good news to see that it's available on CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and still relevent February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Icicle Works, brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Ian McNabb, had the blessing of a hugely successful single with which no doubt everyone is familiar ("Bird's Fly (Whisper To A Scream)"), and the curse of being lumped in with countless other bands during the early/mid-80's and dismissed as ultimately irrelevent. Either these groups were wrongly hailed the brilliant future (ask yourself, "Who but the most ardent 80's fan still listens to X, The Clash, Husker Du, the Violent Femmes, or any other band critics flipped over back then?"), or they were rightly relegated to the ash heap of sounding like "80's music" (again, pick your band, i.e. Culture Club, Ultravox, Echo & The Bunnymen) or being a "one hit wonder" (i.e. Men Without Hats). Of course, a few fulfilled their promise, at least commercially (i.e. R.E.M., INXS) if not critically, but most fit the 2 categories.
Neither of these apply to the Icicle Works, and particularly this their debut album. True, they were hailed for their powerful rhythms and McNabb's rich lyrical stories but after "Bird's Fly," they were forgotten...heck their second album wasn't even officially released in the US.
This album, however, still has it's place in my (and should have in your) CD player. It has stood the test of time because ultimately it is a very listenable album. How many albums have you purchased only to find out 1, maybe 2 or 3, songs were worth listening to repeatedly? Well, top to bottom, this album is made for repeated listening. Virtually every track has the intense rhythmic power of "Bird's Fly" without being repetitive, with "Chop the Tree," "As the Dragonfly Flies," and "Factory in the Desert" among the standouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! April 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Being an educated musician and prog/fusion head at heart, and though I appreciate all styles of music, there are just some recordings that transcend labels. This is definetely one of them, whereas from beginning to end, the writing, arranging, performance, and recording are right on the mark. I remember when I first heard this, for it blew me away, and I have owned a copy ever since.

In this style of music, one of my favorite albums for sure, still listen to it too this day, and right alongside another period band from that time; Pseudo Echo's first recording. It makes me wonder where Nirvana got their name and influence from, for I can imagine the band listening and being inspired by this at a party one night. Mr McNabb, well done, and I would be proud to play bass or keyboards along side you to this music any day of the week.

I'll be acquiring the re-issue with the additional cd, for based on a previous review, it sounds like the songs are excellent, and I'm looking forward to hearing it.
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