|1. Silent Running|
|2. All I Need Is A Miracle|
|3. Par Avion|
|4. Hanging By A Thread|
|5. I Get The Feeling|
|6. Take The Reins|
|7. You Are The One|
|8. A Call To Arms|
|9. Taken In|
To put it bluntly, "Mike & The Mechanics" can be described as nothing other than a very pleasant pop album, with the singing lacking the tunelessness that crept over popular music from the time of "Nevermind".
However, I must concede most of the songs simply cannot attract a listener in any way at all: they lack any sort of memorable hook or instrumental passage and tend to focus instread on over-sparse intros to add colour to the songs. Even the highly tuneful hits "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" and the more downbeat "All I Need Is A Miracle" have little in the way of powerful singing or changes in volume to make them catchy enough to stand up to constant listening over two decades. The purely MOR "Taken In" was built on synthesisers so soft that they would collapse were the production any sparser than it actually is, whilst little can be said for the rest of the songs here.
Though perhaps not one of the worst artists ever, this is anything but an essential album for anybody. Only for 80s affecionados - and I've matured beyond that, I know.
The first two singles showed Mike could fix a bumper...I mean crack the singles chart. The sci-fi/world at war of "Silent Running" a #6 hit with its airy modern organ complementing Carrack's voice, hammering bass synths, and brake flu...sorry, did it again!
Barely cracking the Top 5 was "All I Need Is A Lube Job" I mean "Miracle," (sorry) sung by Young, with an airy wall of organ synth giving way to cheery keyboards with that same thudding bass keyboards. The beginning seems to have the guy seemingly unapologetically egotistic, saying she has faults, but finally realizing his own faults and recognizing that miracle would be her return.
"Par Avion" has a silent moody drums and synths like "In The Air Tonight" but with a smoother ballad touch, while "Hanging By A Thread" starts as a hard guitar rocker to a number whose guitars crunch in tune to the whitewall tyres, I mean keyboard beats. It's kind of a Loverboy/Survivor-type number, put it this way. "Take The Rein" is a similar type number but not as hard.Read more ›