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When In Rome

When in Rome Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1. The Promise
2. Heaven Knows
3. Something Going On
4. I Can't Stop
5. If Only
6. Sight Of Your Tears
7. Wide, Wide Sea
8. Child's Play
9. Total Devotion
10. Everything

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit more to offer than just "The Promise" May 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
In the late 80s, When in Rome stormed onto the US music scene with "The Promise," and then vanished into obscurity as fast as they came. Chances are that if you're looking at this CD, you've heard "The Promise" and you want to know if the rest of the album is worth buying.
It might be - if you are an 80s alterno-euro-power-pop fan or a fan of power-piano-pop. Don't be looking for angst ridden, poignant tunes on the rest of this release that were typical of this era (like the classic "Don't You Forget About Me"). While their voices maintain that angst-ridden quality throughout that merges so well with the tune of "The Promise," the orchestration through most of the rest of the release is upbeat and happy, clashing with the angst. I will admit that I do like their voices, and I really enjoy what they do with the harmonies, which are often ignored in pop music.
However, the reason I enjoy and appreciate this release (and you should too if you are to enjoy it somewhat) is for its over-produced 80s power pop style. After "The Promise," "Heaven Knows" continues the driving euro-power-pop theme, however its tone is a bit more upbeat. While not so much on the over-produced side, "I Can't Stop," with its horns, driving beat, and female backing vocals makes you get up and dance happily around the room singing along. "Sight of Your Tears," despite its sad title, is orchestrally upbeat, powerful, driving and happy. "Wide, Wide Sea" is actually my favorite song on this release and what made me buy it after hearing a friend's tape. Something about the tune and lyrics really grabbed me; it's very upbeat, hopeful, and it makes me want to dance around.
Then there are the other songs, which deviate from the over-produced power-pop theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CD worths collecting April 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because of the single "The Promise" when it first came out - late 80's. The other tracks exhibit a great variety style of musics - from danceable beats, funky guitar, piano fillings, synths, strings, sax, horn sections to excellent drumming; somewhat Spandau Ballet-ish, but very unique. The vocals are excellent; just listen to the harmonies. Each song is different, from the happy "Child'sPlay" to the ballads "The Promise", "If Only", and "Everything". It's too bad that this band only produced one album. I listen to the whole CD everytime - it's been 11 years and haven't got tired of it. For this reason, it's a 5 stars. Few CDs in my collection are this way (The Beatles' White Album, Led Zep 's4th album, and a few more ...). Hey, I appreciate and listen to all kind of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Heaven Knows" how good this album is! July 23 2001
Format:Audio CD
"When in Rome" (Clive Farrington/vocals, Michael Floreale/keyboards, & Andrew Mann/vocals) is a wonderful group. I'm sorry that they didn't make more albums than this one casue it's fully enjoyable! The only song I think that get's annoying is "I Can't Stop". But we have the rest of they're great songs. "The Promise" (the song they're known for) is the reason that I even bought this album. "If Only" is very touching and "Something's Going On" is just plan fun. "Everything" is a very moving song! I love it! Their songs are very upbeat and easy to connect with and I can listen to this album over and over again. The vocals are pleasant too. :) If you like Erasure you'll like "When In Rome". They're not exactly the same as 'Erasure' but the style is similar. I defiantly recommend this album!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD Jan. 15 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Promise is no doubt the best song on this CD. It is my favorite song. I know it is a least 10 years old, but everytime I hear it, it make me happy. I can't explain it. There is just something about that some. It give me strength. I know that may soung weird, but it is true. I have learn to enjoy the other songs on the CD too. Everytime I play that CD for friends and family, they always comment about it. Many of them also bought it. Anyways, I do recommend it. Just wish the band made more CDs. For you die-hards, there is a 6 minute remix to The Promise. GET IT. It's worth it. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staying Power June 7 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What is wrong with you people? This is one of the best albums that I've ever bought. Eleven years later I still enjoy their sound. Didn't you guys even listen to "EVERYTHING". Every time I play that song for someone, they immediately want to know who sings it. The trouble is that if you people haven't heard a song on the radio a million times you can't really see it's true worth. Too bad. Sometimes the best songs on an album are not the ones that get air time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment April 20 2000
By Fortis
Format:Audio CD
The Promise has been a song that most people know and love for a long time. It has always been one of my favorite songs, period. The album on the otherhand, is sadly awful. The lyrics are uninventive and childish. After the Promise one begins to wonder what other band stepped in and made the rest of the cd! It sounds nothing like the song we carry with us and love. It is quite clear why this was a one shot deal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the promise July 24 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
the promise is my all time favorite song of all times. it makes u think of all those things that u want to work in your life. i was only 7 when this song came out but it sticks in my head at all hours of the day. yes the rest of the album could have used some working on but it has already been 11 years and nothing can be changed now. if u like the promise then buy the album it's worth it, it really is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three good songs out of Ten
Title says it all...The Promise, and Heaven Knows are great and bring back 80's memories. Wide Wide Sea is also upbeat and has decent lyrics. Read more
Published on April 29 2000 by David Hamershock
4.0 out of 5 stars the promise rocks
the promise is my favorite song. good overall musi
Published on Sept. 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise - This one's for you Ada
It's been 10 years since I last saw her, then I heard that song "The Promise". Well, I walked the world, and waited for her but alas, she found a stranger - I wish them... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 80's fare with a few highlights
"The Promise" is, of course, excellent. The other songs have definitely grown on me, though I didn't like them much at first, and I woke up with "Child's Play"... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 1999 by skywise@drizzle.com
3.0 out of 5 stars the girl
the record goes only 2-3 songs deep but i've been having fantasies about the girl on the cover for the last ten years.
Published on Aug. 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars a one to have
What can you say wrong about them except for the fact they only have this cd out. It is a shame not more where produced but at least we have one. Read more
Published on July 24 1999
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