Txetxu said:I've found almost all of their albums flawless from start to end, my favourite being the panned 'The Seeds Of Love'. They also had a crap team who left off incredible recordings from making it into their main albums ('Always In The Past' being a spectacular highlight).
Eric Generic said:They were one of my absolute favourite acts of the 80s and early 90s. Songs From The Big Chair is one of those utterly flawless 80s albums along with Dare, The Lexicon Of Love and Into The Gap. I've owned it in so many formats I've lost count.
Not even the loss of Curt could send the quality control plummeting at first; Break It Down Again is probably one of "their" finest-ever singles, but neither Elemental nor Raoul felt like proper TFF records..either in sound or the depth of songwriting. But then, ironically, the reunion with Curt actually produced an even less TFF-sounding album, ha.
Raoul isn't so bad, I prefer it to Elemental overall and there are two great non-hits in the shape of God's Mistake and Secrets. Picking the title song as lead single might have been a bad idea, though....they were on a new label, too (Epic/Sony), and perhaps they just didn't market the campaign as they could have done, who knows.
TFF are also one of the most annoying bands (along with New Order) for not including the original 7" mixes of their singles on albums or compilations. They're usually buried away on obscure cash-in compilations or B-side collections.
Eric Generic said:I thought Closest Thing To Heaven was great, just not what my heart wanted to accept as a TFF single. The rest of Happy Ending is perfectly proficient and rather fine in a Crowded House/XTC sort of way. But a bit dull, and it might as well be by a totally different band.
The Seeds Of Love's a funny one. In 1989, after all that wait, I was prepared to accept anything from them! Woman In Chains is sublime, Advice likewise, and the rest veered from alright to a bit self-indulgent. So I thought at the time. But then Famous Last Words came on my iPod the other week and bloody hell, it sounded stunning.
Txetxu said:You can shoot me if you like, but I can't find magic in Laid So Low at all, it sounds like an ugly version of the magestic Advice For The Young At Heart.
I'm currently very into the 'Elemental' album, such a breezy and guitar driven effort shouldn't have been ignored the way it was.
Eric Generic said:I'd recommend the Cherry Pop/Edsel (?) reissue of Raoul, as it has tons of B-sides from the era; I need to get it myself actually, for completism's sake.
Elemental starts SO well...that intro on the first song really gets the adrenalin going. Despite that song, and Break It Down Again, I just never got into the album like I always did with TFF, but then it was summer 1993 and exactly the same thing happened with the a-ha and OMD album released at the same time.