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When in Rome
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|6. Sight Of Your Tears|
|7. Wide, Wide Sea|
|8. Child's Play|
|9. Total Devotion|
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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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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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on April 29 2000 by David Hamershock
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. Read morePublished on April 20 2000 by Fortis
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2000 by Rich Wray
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 1999
"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 morePublished on Aug. 26 1999 by email@example.com
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