Mithrandir, on 05 December 2018 - 12:21 PM, said:
tks95747, on 03 December 2018 - 03:51 PM, said:
Segue Myles, on 02 December 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:
After the mediocre, but not without merit, Signals, I come now to one of my all time favourite albums: 1984's cold, serious (but not too serious) and surprisingly bleak Grace Under Pressure.
Arguably my favourite artwork, favourite songs, favourite lyrics and favourite melodies of the entire synth era.
Here we go!
Personally, I rate Signals and p/g about the same. I think they both have strong lineups (certainly not as strong as any of the band's previous offerings). I also agree with one of the previous posters that the band's downhill slide began at about this point in their career.
Just curious why it's a downhill slide after this album? Because they went away from progressive-style rock?
Being a guitar player, and having fallen hard for Alex's highly aggressive axe work on everything from their debut through PW, I found it difficult to swallow the slow slide towards the minor-league slot Alex was relegated to beginning right around this period in their musical development. In fact, I would argue that this slide began, almost imperceptibly, with MP...
Although I was still a big fan of their music between MP and RTB, I wasn't really relating to the music so much until CP was released. Now there was some raunchy guitar work~ Right out front, in-your-face and demanding your attention.. Alex's bright and glassy guitar work that permeated their music in the middle section of their career was good, just not compelling...