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When In Rome

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WGM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
But if you'll read more of this review, I'll make you fall for it, I promise, I promise you I will. When in Rome: Clive Farrington, Andrew Mann and Michael Floreale were part of an earlier Manchester outfit, Leisure. Leisure featured Corinne Drewery, who would go on to front Swing Out Sister. After Swing Out Sister had enjoyed their ten minutes of fame with the single 'Break Out,' When In Rome stepped up to join the ranks of one-hit-wonders. Their 1988 single 'The Promise' was by far their biggest commercial success, and the popularity and staying power of the song is evidenced by the fact that it has been the most requested song at nearly every 80's music station. They released just the one album, and promptly faded into obscurity.

'When your day is through, and so is your temper,
You know what to do, I'm gonna always be there.
Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended.
These words just come out, with no gripe to bear.'

Until one movie would resurrect this 80's pop band. Napoleon Dynamite, which made its debut at the Sun dance Film Festival in January 2004. Napoleon was released to theaters in June 2004. That's when the song 'The Promise' became popular again hitting the top of Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. 'The Promise,' remixed, was the first single from their self-titled debut album. It was an instant success barely missing the Top Ten in the United States peaking at #11. Months later the trio reached Billboard's pop chart's lower reaches for the last time with 'Heaven Knows'. The Promise 2006 New CD, featuring never before released versions of 'The Promise' and the newly released radio edit mix of 'The Promise 2006'. This 7 track CD also includes their classic hit 'Heaven Knows'(Ultmix mix) and includes a bonus track 'Wherever You Go.' From their new CD soon to be released.

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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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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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"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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