I bought this cd to add to my H&O collection. If you're familiar with all of their 80s pop hits, this will be a bit of a shocker but will definitely grow on you.
As most of the reviews have mentioned, you can break this album down into 3 categories:
Pop/Rock - You'll notice that D&J are both doing vocals on these songs which is what makes them sound so different from their 80s hits. Also, some of these songs border on punk because of Robert Fripp's influence from the Sacred Songs albums. There are times when you'll question who's singing (as the liner notes point out, "No Brain, No Pain" could easily be mistaken for a Talking Heads song)!
1. Woman Comes And Goes
4. All You Want Is Heaven
9. Hallofon (instrumental intro) / 10. Intravino
12. No Brain, No Pain
Disco - The intros of these songs are almost interchangeable and sound very much like the dance music Dan Hartman was doing in the early 80s
3. Portable Radio
5. Who Said The World Was Fair
6. Running From Paradise
Soul - This portion of the album is standard H&O fare
2. Wait For Me
11. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)
The one stand-out for me was 7. Number One. There's such a strong reggae influence that before the vocals start, you could swear this was a Police tune!
So while, this albums wasn't exactly polished lyrically or musically, it does serve as a very good time capsule of the late 70s punk/disco/new wave sound which would later become the blueprint for so much 80s music.