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The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]

Posted By: Designol
The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]

The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
New Wave, Dance-Rock, Pop Rock | Label: MCA | # DIDX-127, MCAD-5507 | 00:42:39

The Fixx had a banner year in 1983, as their second album, Reach the Beach, broke down doors and gave the band a huge hit with "One Thing Leads to Another." Phantoms wasn't as good, not just because Reach the Beach had that hit but also because it was simply a really good mainstream new wave record. Phantoms was a little more serious, a little more lugubrious, a little directionless, but it still is a pretty good record, all the same. The reason why? The Fixx were a good band. They had an original sound, thanks to the echoing synths, clean-processed guitars, cavernous drums, and Cy Curnin's soaring voice, which soared over the precise arrangements to make it sound human. The wondrous thing about this combination is that it sounded appealing even when the material wasn't the equal of the sound, which is often the case on Phantoms. That's not to say it's a disaster, because it hardly is – the band sounds good, and the record is a shining example of post-new wave production. But, it does play a bit as singles and filler, with the Top 20 hit "Are We Ourselves" shining brightly among the record's 12 songs, but "Lose Face," the reggae-tinged "Sunshine in the Shade," and "Woman on a Train" all were fine Fixx songs, standing proudly among the perfectly acceptable, but rather undistinguished, cuts that formed the rest of the album, including a preponderance of long, moody synth ballads. Even if it was an uneven record, its ratio of hits to filler was no greater than most pop albums. However, Phantoms had the misfortune of arriving in one of the greatest years for pop music, a year where every kind of style was in full bloom. So, Phantoms fell by the wayside, but, in retrospect, it was an admirable successor to an album that defined a band's career.

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic.com

Despite the fact that it didn't match the commercial success of "Reach The Beach," this third album by the Fixx, 1984's "Phantoms," is the group's masterpiece. The band's atmospheric pop-rock works to maximum effect on this album, and there's not a single song here that I don't like. GREAT hooks & melodies everywhere you look, with such classic Fixx rockers as "Less Cities, More Moving People," "Sunshine In The Shade," "Woman On A Train," and the Top 40 hit "Are We Ourselves?", as well as "Lose Face" and "Question." The band also score major points with the softer tunes, including "Wish," the dreamy "Facing The Wind," and the absolutely beautiful number, "I Will" (and why this very lovely song was never released as a single I will never know–-the Fixx could've had another huge hit along the lines of "One Thing Leads To Another"). The band's performances are sharp, and Cy Curnin's passionate voice is excellent. Their record sales may have begun to decline with this one, but in my mind, it was the fault of radio and the record-buying public for missing out on this great disc. "Phantoms" is an outstanding Fixx album, with some of the best 80's pop-rock ever laid down. It's the best work Cy Curnin & company have ever done, so what are you waiting for? Pick it up, and enjoy the ultimate Fixx.

Review by Alan Caylow, Amazon.com

The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]



Tracklist:

01. Lose Face (3:28)
02. Less Cities, More Moving People (3:52)
03. Sunshine in the Shade (2:27)
04. Woman on a Train (3:54)
05. Wish (4:06)
06. Lost in Battle Overseas (4:11)
07. Question (3:27)
08. In Suspence (3:44)
09. Facing the Wind (3:18)
10. Are We Ourselves? (2:28)
11. I Will (3:52)
12. Phantom Living (3:51)


Exact Audio Copy V1.1 from 23. June 2015

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The Fixx / Phantoms (MCAD-5507)

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Analyzed: The Fixx / Phantoms (MCAD-5507)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -2.22 dB -17.51 dB 3:28 01-Lose Face
DR13 -3.61 dB -18.82 dB 3:52 02-Less Cities, More Moving People
DR14 -1.44 dB -18.38 dB 2:27 03-Sunshine in the Shade
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DR13 -3.13 dB -19.95 dB 3:52 11-I Will
DR16 -0.41 dB -20.90 dB 3:51 12-Phantom Living
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Official DR value: DR14

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Channels: 2
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The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]

The Fixx - Phantoms (1984) [Non-Remastered]

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