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Grab this album when you see it!,
This review is from: Dream Academy (Audio CD)This album deserves to be on everyone's Top 10 list but I guess it couldn't because it is so hard to find. I am sure almost everyone would have heard of the radio friendly "Life in a Northern Town" (LINT) and it is somehow unfortunate that many could have passed judgement on the whole album based on that one song.
LINT was a one-off song but it certainly wasn't representative of the whole album. And if you were lucky enough to get that album I am sure you too would be blown away like I did by the rest of the songs which are not like LINT at all.
To describe the whole album in one word, I would use "passionate". From the second song onwards, you are drawn into a "dream" world where multilayered arrangements, Nick Laird-Clowes' smooth English accented vocals, lush and sometimes haunting melodies intertwine and wraps you in a hypnotic rhapsody that can only intoxicate or enslave your senses.
This is pop music of the 80's but it is the ultimate and the pinnacle of pop when you realize someone can make simple melodies sound so sweet and so engrossing that your mind will reel in amazement.
Read the other reviews for more details of the songs if you want, but get this album when you can. It is a piece of heaven on earth!