BROKEN HOME was formed in 1979 by DICKEN and PETE CROWTHER both formerly of MR BIG. During 1980 the album “Broken Home” (SJPCD129) was released and during 1981 “Life” was released in limited European territories (not in UK).
The album was produced by GREG WALSH with Dicken and Pete playing the majority of the instruments with input from Greg on keyboards and percussion.
“Life” is a classic AOR Rock album being released on CD for the first time with 8 bonus tracks as well as three extra tracks that Dicken released as part of a solo project from 1986.
DICKEN, PETE CROWTHER, GREG WALSH, GRAEME PLEETH, GARY BARNACLE
...the over-riding feeling is that there is massive talent here that maybe never realised full potential, whether due to musical climate or musical politics. 'Life' lacks 'Mutt' Lange's sheen but nevertheless all the ingredients of Dicken's art are in place. It will come as no surprise to learn that Mr Big supported Queen in 1975 at the peak of that band's seventies chart success. In many ways, there is a complementary link with the emphasis on catchy, guitar-driven pop rock here evidenced on the title track, 'Wake Up Mr Doctor' and 'Nobody'.
David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com (February 2004)
In many ways they continued where Mr Big left off, wonderful power pop with infectious melodies, a hard edge and Dicken's distinctive vocals and this album, first released in 1981, is the perfect example of what they were about...
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (March 2004)
...available now for the first time in more than two decades, and positively overflowing with bonus tracks. Eleven songs were drawn from sources as far apart as Mr. Big’s 1996 reunion Rainbow Bridge, and mid 1980s Dicken projects Peculiar People and Dicken. All, therefore, bear the vocalist’s so characteristic stamp, wrapping up the surprisingly superlative Life album with a swagger that makes you want to hear more. Thankfully, Angel Air have it – both Broken Home and Mr. Big’s earlier Seppuku are both also available through the label’s website.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine (March 2004)
...Overall it isn't as strong as their debut but many of these numbers are rescued by Dicken's vocals...the CD contains more than enough evidence to ask why he dropped out of the spotlight...Another good value release from Angel Air.
Feedback (June 2004)