Category Archives: Record Review

Releases that get the scrutiny of The Post-Punk Monk.

Record Review: Grace Jones – “Slave To The Rhythm” US CD

Grace Jones: Slave To The Rhythm – US – CD [1987] Leave it to Trevor Horn at the height of the “High ZTT” era that he could end up making a single with Grace Jones that could balloon into a … Continue reading

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a-ha’s “Hunting High & Low” Represented Late-Blooming Synthpop Getting In Under The Wire

Anyone old enough probably remembers first hearing Norway’s top band a-ha. It was on one of my “dead-of-night” MTV aircheck videotapes where I first saw the video that changed everything for the band. But it didn’t stay in graveyard rotation … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 3]

[…continued from last post] Of the three songs here that Cherisse Osei played drums on, “Natural” was the clear winner for me. In all cases her drums were fine; it was the songs that either sank or swam. “Natural” managed … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 2]

[…continued from last post] It’s strange to hear a Glitterbeat in the middle of a Simple Minds song, but “Human Traffic” didn’t bother asking our permission. The band had pulled this gambit once before on their [second recorded] cover of … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 1]

Simple Minds: Direction of The Heart – UK – DLX CD [2022] Well, it’s been the requisite four years since the last Simple Minds opus. I really thought that “Walk Between Worlds” was the best album by Simple Minds since … Continue reading

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The Countess Of Fife “Star Of The Sea” Fulfills Country Yearnings For Fay Fife

The Countess of Fife: Star Of The Sea – UK – CD [2022] The story began almost two years ago when The Countess Of Fife ran a Kickstarter campaign to get their debut album recorded and manufactured. The band surpassed … Continue reading

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40 Years Of Spoons “Arias + Symphonies” Demands Close Inspection of Canada’s Best Album [part 4]

[…continued from last post] Some songs are simply so splendid that they inhabit a level of emotional sweep that few others can reach. “Nova Heart” is one such song. Beginning with an insouciant 808 rhythm, the deception of its casual … Continue reading

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