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Mike and the Mechanics

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 24 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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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

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Format: Audio CD
This self-titled debut album from Mike + the Mechanics was released in 1985. It consists of nine tracks. Overall, I find the songwriting to be gratifying, the musicianship to be solid, and the sound quality to be pleasing. The material is in a pop musical direction. The lead vocals are handled by Paul Young and Paul Carrack. While the keyboards play a predominant role throughout, there is only minimal guitar work. I like all of the songs. Examples of some of the ones that I enjoy are "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle," "Par Avion," "Hanging by a Thread," "You Are the One," and "Taken In." The album commences with "Silent Running," a composition featuring ambient, engaging keyboard playing and noteworthy, polished, and interesting-sounding guitar soloing; this tune also exhibits a nicely constructed, memorable intro--consisting solely of attractive, airy keyboard work--and a curious, unexpected conclusion. "All I Need Is a Miracle" is a pleasant, upbeat piece with a striking refrain. "Par Avion," a gentle and pretty ballad, displays smooth and charming lead vocals and atmospheric keyboard playing. The energetic "Hanging by a Thread" sports impressive harmony vocals, while the appealing ballad "You Are the One" presents graceful keyboard work and sleek, earnest lead vocals, and the soothing ballad "Taken In," the final track, features encompassing, serene keyboard playing. The CD insert does not include the song lyrics. The disc is just over 40 minutes. This self-titled debut album from Mike + the Mechanics is recommendable.
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Format: Audio CD
After seeing Blender rate Mike & The Mechanics as the 43rd worst artist in music history, I feel rather guilty of having bought this album during the time when I was obsessed with the commercial music of the eighties.
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.
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With Genesis bandmate Phil Collins going gangbusters on his solo career by taking off his jacket, bassist Mike Rutherford took the opportunity to do his own thing, and headed an auto repair dealership titled Mike + The Mechanics. No, actually, it had musicians and two vocalists, Ace and Squeeze alumnus Paul Carrack and Sad Cafe's Paul Young (not the guy who covered "Everytime You Go Away"). Most of it sounded nothing like Genesis, but it was awash with Adrian Lee, Dereck Austin, and Ian Wherry's multiple Allan wrenches and oil drums...oops, I mean multiple keyboards and synth fills that really enhanced their sound.
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.
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1985's "Mike + The Mechanics" isn't really guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford's first solo project---it's his third---but it is the first release under the group name, which became Rutherford's successful solo project outside of his main band, Genesis. With lead vocals by Paul Carrack and Sad Cafe's Paul Young, this album is a wonderfully catchy disc of excellent, melodic 80's pop/rock. The pair of Top Ten hits, the spacey "Silent Running," and the finger-snapping "All I Need Is A Miracle," are both M+M staples, but there are other great songs like the beautiful "Par Avion" & "Taken In" (which was a minor hit), the hard-rocking "Hanging By A Thread" & "Take The Reins," and the marvelous "A Call To Arms," which actually started out as a Genesis song, co-written by bandmates Phil Collins & Tony Banks, but Rutherford ultimately saved it for his own album. "Mike + The Mechanics" is a terrific album, one of Mike Rutherford's best offerings as a solo artist, and one of the 80's finest albums.
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