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Rainbirds - Rainbirds (1988) Retail CD
This was the debut album by this four-piece band. The star attraction at the time was the cut-glass pure vocals of should-have-been global megastar Katharina Franck. However, time has revealed that the rest of the band were highly innovative and supremely musical players, too. The CD has long been deleted in the UK, so it's great to see it back on Amazon.The songs range from the punchy, melodic pop of "Boy on the Beach" and "Blueprint" to the haunting "It's Alright", which sounds like the sort of mutant lullaby that Kate Bush might once have recorded; Katharina sounds seriously spooked!Althoughmore… the band originate from Germany, Katharina Franck, who wrote all the lyrics, grew up in a bilingual environment, so there are no embarrassing or clumsy lyrics - instead a strange poetry so often lacking in home-grown pop lyrics.A special mention should go to the guitarist, whose arabesque lightning-fast twiddles make "On The Balcony" an all-time classic - at least in a parallel universe where the Beatles were born in Bonn, not Liverpool.This band were once tipped for Great Things worldwide, and I recall music mags giving them glowing reviews in the late-80s. Fortunately the sound of this album hasn't dated at all, so we're spared bombastic production and echoing snare drums. The majority of the songs are electric guitar-based, but the instrument is always used in innovative ways, and the production on some tracks is so 'intimate' that you feel as if your head is actually inside the guitar!The last I heard, Katharina Franck was still making left-field pop music in Germany. Certainly their snappily-titled follow-up album "Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong, Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong" is worth seeking out as well. Go on, make this woman a global megastar, like she deserves!!
|1||Boys On The Beach|
|3||On The Balcony|
|4||There Is No Greater Love|
|5||We Make Love Falling|
|7||Bird Up There|
- Rainbirds - Rainbirds (1988) Retail CD
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