Category Archives: STRAIGHT EIGHT
The band’s first album (No Noise From Here) is a real rockin’ kinda affair while the follow-up (Shuffle’n'Cut) finds them in a more power pop vein (similar to The Cars). While we kinda like the debut album best, in all honesty all three albums have their great moments. The second disc includes four bonus cuts, most importantly the hard-to-find single “Spread It Around.” We love the packaging here…each disc looks like an eight ball (one red, one blue).
babysue (November 2015)
…if the power riffs of ‘I Idolise You’ chimed in more with American AOR of the day than UK’s post-punk, ‘Nicotine Boys’ taps right into it – with gusto, while Boot Kingsman’s bluesy licks spice up the organ-oiled ‘Take It All Back’ and ‘Power Cut,’ the latter – a Winter of Discontent snapshot – sitting in the heart of 1980′s ‘Shuffle ‘n’ Cut,’ a rather different proposition. No ‘duplication of yesterday’ as stated in one of the pieces here, it starts with the bubbling ‘I’m Sorry’ baring the band’s new pop agenda and takes ‘On The Rebound’ to the dancefloor in fine fashion, whereas ‘I Can’t Stop’ are ‘Satisfied’ are channelling the CLASH sort of twang and vocal chops.
John Burns’ sympathetic production, honed on prog, makes pieces like the anthemic ‘Only You’ or the elegant rocker ‘Heartbreaker’ sound modern even now…
DMME.net (November 2015)
Now, after three decades, their three albums are collected on two CDs, plus some bonus tracks. I must confess that I’ve never heard of this band and their songs are not familiar to me. It’s American-inspired, melodic rock. The bonus tracks include ‘Spread It Around’, which was produced by Pete Townshend…
Keys and Chords (October 2015)