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Kilimanjaro

The Teardrop Explodes

1980

Kilimanjaro

Album Summary

Kilimanjaro is the debut album by the neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, released on 10 October 1980. It contains versions of the band's early singles – "Sleeping Gas", "Bouncing Babies", "Treason" & "When I Dream" – as well as their biggest hit, "Reward". The album also includes the song "Books" – originally a song by Julian Cope's previous band, The Crucial Three, it was also recorded by Echo & the Bunnymen (as "Read it in Books", released on the B-side of their debut single, and featured on some versions of Crocodiles). In 2000, Q magazine placed Kilimanjaro at number 95 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. The original working title for Kilimanjaro was Everyone Wants to Shag the Teardrop Explodes (this was later used for the CD release of demos for the band's never-finished third album). When originally released, the album featured a shadowy photograph of the band on the sleeve, but this was later changed to a cover showing Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain after which the record was named. When the album was subsequently released on CD the cover artwork reverted to the original. In 2000, Cope gave his blessings to re-release Kilimanjaro with a selection of bonus tracks (mainly single B-sides), original artwork, a remastered sound, and full lyrics and essays. A deluxe 3-disc edition followed in 2010, including original singles, B-sides and radio session recordings.

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Rating

2.89

Votes

4684

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

I adore The Teardrop Explodes, and this album does NOT disappoint. Yet another record that proves how lovely that 80s new wave music from the UK was, and how much in influenced some of today's best indie music. Can't choose fav songs on Kilimanjaro but Poppies In The Field is a really cool one that stands out. The record just keeps rollin' with good vibes with their own alt flavour, full of danceable beats and solid vocals-n-songwriting. AND HORNS! :)

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Après Travis, revoilà un de ces groupes qui veut absolument nous faire bouffer du français pour nous attendrir… La limite de cette stratégie est la suivante : tomber sur un vrai Français qui doit se coltiner quatorze couplets à la con dans une langue totalement inconnue du chanteur. Personne parmi leur entourage ne leur a signalé l'horrible faute d'orthographe contenue dans le titre de la chanson en question ? Quel amateurisme… J'ai globalement beaucoup aimé l'album même si j'en ai détesté une bonne partie. J'attends donc de voir ce que ces andouilles auront dans le ventre sur le long terme.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

Tired of all the Brit pop on this list

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Julian Cope is a rad dude. Some great riffwork in this, and nice guitar tones. The whole album just feels very... tense. Paranoiac pop grooves. I don't know how much acid was floating around when they recorded (I think a lot), but there is something very bad-trippy about the songwriting. Love "strange house in the snow".

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I had overlooked these guys when they first came out (maybe their records never made it to Sudbury?) and Julian Cope didn’t really catch my attention later – he reminded me of Morrisey at that point. Too bad because I would have been all over this album in 1980. The songs are very driving & melodic, I like the sequence of six tracks that begins with Treason, and the intermittent brass section is cool and not something you hear much in a post-punk band. I could see myself dancing to Second Head, which sounds like it could be a Stranglers song. Top Drawer Stuff 9/10

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Great album! Like if Joy Division made more poppy songs.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

First of all, how is this album post-punk? It's full of pop and dance with heavy synths; those are the defining features of New Wave. It doesn't help that the intro track has the heaviest synths, giving off the wrong impression but also pulling people in. I guess it's too close to the punk formula and not as experimental. Second of all, screw this list for giving me so many post-punk and synth albums. It specifically caters to my tastes. I don't think they're influential or outstanding but yet I love them and it's very hard for me to criticize harshly. This is a psychedelic twist to the New Wave formula, utilizing mostly synth effects to achieve an eery psychedelic sound. The most obvious is that reverse effect in "Poppies in the field" but if you listen closely you can hear it all over the album. The organ and horns in several songs also helps in such effects, clearly influenced by their usage in several 60s psychedelic rock albums. The lyrics are non-sensical like New Wave but more surreal. There's purposeful and heavy repetition that I don't get tired of but makes the tracks simultaneously danceable and trippy. Can't say I hated any of the tracks, but I admit they weren't immediately discernible until I listened closely and was able to pick up what I liked about each of them. "Treason" is the catchiest and most polished, at a couple points giving off David Byrne vibes. If you want to convince yourself this is a psychedelic album, "Thief of Baghdad" is the perfect example of how psychedelia and synths could blend together seamlessly. I admit most of the other songs just feel like psychedelic influence. The ending track "When I Dream" is one of those catchy songs you hate to love. Goes on forever, but I never get tired of it, and is a great way to end the album. Finally, I want to include the bonus track: their best-selling single "Reward" is a great song on its own and should be included despite not fitting in too well with the psychedelic album theme. Maybe move it earlier in the album cause that closing track is the perfect way to end the album.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Terrific New Wave album from the iconoclastic Julian Cope, who writes insistent and urgent music which is also catchy. The production dazzles and the throbbing bass, whirling organ and stabbing horns give the tracks an energy and bounce. A highlight from the eighties. BONUS : I don’t normally include singles that were later tacked on to the original album release because they were a hit but I couldn’t finish without acknowledging how brilliant Reward is, one of the tracks of the decade.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Yesterday, we received our tenth album, and second David Bowie album. At that rate, we could be looking at 200 Bowie albums on this list. I trust that isn't possible, but we will see. Today is a band/album I've never heard of; no Stuarts, but it is British. Seven of our eleven albums (64%) have come from UK artists (including Belle & Sebastian in Scotland). I think that qualifies as a British Invasion, or maybe even Occupation. But if the music's good, bring it on. Today, the music's good. I like this album. It's 1980, but somehow sounds post-new wave. There are traces of that pop style buried throughout this sort of psych rock. I wish they had committed more to the psychedelic elements, but I still like this one. Favorite tracks: Second Head, Poppies, Use Me. Album art: a simple band photo. I like it though, the colors look nice and go with the title text. Wikipedia shows an alternative cover featuring zebras and Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. I'd give that cover an edge over this one. 3/5

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Tue Nov 03 2020
2

Dammit. More crappy 80s music. It's post-punk so there's that but it's still full of bloopy synths, over-stylized vocals, horn solos... all the crap I hate about the era. The wiki calls this "neo-psychadelic" and I think that's a load of crap. It's just an excuse for repetitive keyboard parts that never go anywhere. I'm pretty sure this album is only on here because the band was fronted by Julian Cope and brits love to tell people that they love Cope. Also Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen. But, honestly, it's not an awesome album by any stretch of the imagination. There's nothing particularly ground-breaking in the musicality or the lyrics. It's sorta dancable, though? I bet this was big in the early 80s underground clubs in Liverpool...

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

80s British Pop that sounds indistinguishable from any other 80s British Pop.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
5

Really enjoyed this album. Definitely felt like an early pioneer of the pop punk sound and I’m all here for it.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Cool discoverment!

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

Great psychedelic new wave debut from 80's Britain. Liked the sound. Amazing!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

I WAS A BOUNCING BABY

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Hard to see why this wouldn't be 5 stars as it's pretty perfect from start to finish. Only the horns sound occasionally dated.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Drums are great, guitar work is unexpected sometimes. Best of these British punk-ish albums so far.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Awesome really got my grooving

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

very cool

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

I enjoyed this album from start to finish. This neo-psychedelic post-punk record is intensely layered and melodic. It has a frenetic energy to it that borders on the claustrophobic creating a simmering and explosive record.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Another surprising album. I liked this one quite a bit. It wasn't perfect, but I really enjoyed it. 4.5/5

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Another new one to me, I pretty much immediately liked it. Sleeping Gas devolved into such a chaotic mess of organ and horns. Did a little research; Julian Cope got his start here, that's cool. Yeah, this album was pretty rad. Will definitely listen again.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

A post-punk masterpiece. (4.5)

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This is one of those bands I'd heard of but know nothing about. Although as soon as I heard Reward my memory was pricked by one of the great dance numbers. Definitely enjoying the surging bass and drums on Second Head. Then it pops nicely into Poppies which builds very nicely to a satisfying conclusion. When I Dream is a great conclusion to the album with its psychedelic slow fade giving more than just a gentle nod to a certain Liverpool band.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Genius.. the archdrood takes off

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

muy bueno jej

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Empezo bien a secas y me fue ganando. De esas bandas de los inicios de los ochentas que terminaron siendo muy influyentes en la música de leyendas latinoamericanas como Soda Stereo y LFC.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

This reminds me a lot of The Smiths, another band I never would have listened to if I hadn't been doing this 1001 albums. I like it! Moody melodies and 80s malaise.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Chamber Psych before it was cool by Scouse mad 'ead Julian Cope and co.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

I liked it sort of had a ska feel. Some big band sound. Nothing wrong with this one.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Some really good tracks.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

lot of adventurous stuff going on and manage to make it sound good. respect.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Good new-wave, psychedelic sound. Must have influenced The Smiths at least somewhat. I will need to give this more listens.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Forgotten cult classic

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Cool music Really like(d) it, fun music and like all the instruments 4/5

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Best: Second head When i dream Use me

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Catchier than I thought it was going to be

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Nowdays this pop sounds like pop-rock. And sounds pretty, damn, good!

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

This one surprised me. I was expecting not to like it based on the band name, album cover, year released, and opening sounds on the first track. But it quickly grew on me and I really liked it by the end. It's sharp, the sounds are pleasing, some of the lyrics are funny.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

i like it very much thank you

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Deze komt al meteen goed binnen!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

A classic of its time!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Really liked this one! Never heard of this band but so similar to a lot of the music I was listening to in 1980.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Strange and semiunknown formation. Very good sound, post-punk and new-wave styles

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Far from the best post punk album but it was clear that Inspiral Carpets got a lot of inspiration from these guys! Some great use of the hammond and horns.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

gillade detta rätt så mycket.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Poppy post-punk with a splash of psychedelia? Don't mind if I do! Reminds me a little of XTC, although I think I prefer XTC on balance. More listens might improve my appreciation though... "You can watch Rafferty turn into a serial" - I have no idea what that means, but it's catchy as hell! 😆 Fave track - "Sleeping Gas" and "Treason" are both stand outs. Liked "When I Dream" a lot too...

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Dosta dobar album, zanimljiv, quirky, instrumentalno je zapravo dost dobar. Sviđa mi se sve u svemu. Sleeping Gas, Second Head, Treason, Poppies, Brave Boys Keeps Their Promises...to name a few - odlične. tldr; nije dugačak album, ima 11 pjesama, nijedna loša pjesma, sve su stvari dobre, a i na ovaj album ću se vraćati. Tvrda četvorka!

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

This is cosmic scouse indie at its best… can hear their influence everywhere.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Enjoyable 80’s jaunt

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

pós punk de arena com uma personalidade muito forte. pega um pouco dessa veia do echo & the bunnymen mas a melancolia bucólica é substituída por uma energia maníaca, dos melhores discos punk. admito que esse tipo de pós punk não me apetece muito, mas é dificil não amar algo de tanta qualidade. o primeiro álbum dessa lista que eu realmente nunca tinha ouvido falar, fico feliz pela grata surpresa.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

I don't know how I missed this band when I was in college.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Wow. I really like this record. It's like a more interesting "The Police." Like, I own Police records and put them on occasionally, and often think "that's not as good as I expected." This record suffers from none of that. I really hope I remember this band the next time I think I want to listen to the Police. Reading about this band I see that they are connected to Food Records (a great Britpop label, I believe) and The Smiths. I can hear all that. Great stuff. I'm inclined to rate this as a 3/5, but since they are better than The Police, 4/5.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

7/10. First album in a bit that I'd say I enjoyed, but still not all that inspired.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

-I like the guitar and keyboard grooves in "Sleeping Gas" -"Went Crazy" has a cool bassline and catchy chorus -I like the drum/guitar riff in "Bouncing Babies" -Strong 3, Weak 4?

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Reward is one of my favourite songs and I enjoyed the rest of the album. 4*

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I want to be a fan of The Teardrop Explodes but somehow I always forget that they exist. I do love their music though. Those horns!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

You need to ensure you are listening to a version that includes 'Reward' as you can then at least say you have heard this bags before.. and well worth the listen it is too. Yeh, I know of Julian Cope, but didn't know this is where he cut his teeth. File with Dexys as 'an enjoyable rewarding listen'.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

I'm really glad I discovered this album via the 1001 albums generator. I never heard of them before and it's amazing stuff. Post-punk, new wave, psychedelic... Everything is there for me to love this record. The synth tones and layers were perfection.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Good blend between a lot of subgenre I like. nice discovery, will get back to it Soon

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

A wonderful surprise that was! I already knew a song or two, but the whole album was a treat! Great mix of post-punk, New Wave and a little hint of neo psychedelia; a wonderful melting pot.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Great mix of post-punk and new wave. It's really dynamic, most of it sounds playful but there's a subtle eerie vibe that goes through it that I really appreciate. Nice discovery, I'll certainly go back to it.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Awfully good to be so little known. Cope deserved more, though the tunes are quirky and they get a little synthy at times (curse of the '80s). Still, one hears easily how they were admired and imitated -- classic intense New Wave, with some dark humor thrown in.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

"Kilimanjaro" is the debut album from the Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes consisting of Julian Cope (vocals, bass), David Balfe (piano, organ, synthesizer), Gary Dwyer (drums) and Alan Gill (guitar). The music is categorized as neo-pyschedelic, post-punk and new wave. Alright. To me, this music has a definite early 80's feel with its use of keyboards, horns and especially the peppy (best word I could think of) tempos and rhythms. I thought this was a really good album. Plus, they have one the coolest band names which is based on a panel caption from a Marvel's Daredevil comic strip. This album has a number of different versions and reissues. I listened the 17-track version with their hit "Reward." The album starts with "Ha Ha I'm Drowing" and its funky bass lines, horns, synthesizers in the background and sort of a chaotic guitar break in the middle of song as the rhythm changes as well. Tempos change a few times throughout. A straight-forward song about relationship troubles. The second song and first single "Sleeping Gas" builds with its guitar, drums and vocals on top of each other creating kind of a paranoia feel. This song reminded so much of "With Sympathy"-era Ministry, which I like. The third song and single "Treason" is maybe my favorite song on the album with a very catchy vocal chorus. Definitely one of the more "poppier" songs on the album. The second half of this album version continues the good songs. The second single "Bouncing Babies" has a psychedelic keyboard/organ melody, changes tempos between verses and is very unique. I think it kind of purposely tries to create an eerie feeling with the music and lyrics about how one becomes more toxic as life goes on. Another single ""When I Dream" continues the pyschedelic keyboards creating kind of a dreamy atmosphere. The previously mentioned "Reward" was the biggest hit on the album. It has a more peppy tempo, adds horns and again has that eerie pyschedelic keyboards and organ going on. A commentary on pop stardom. If you are a fan of the Sirius XM radio station "First Wave" this is right up your alley. I'm a fan so I liked this quite. Some of the songs also sound very similar to Echo and the Bunnymen which probably isn't surprsing given Julian Cope and Ian McCulloch were in a few previous bands together.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

The album has that typical 80's sound including the soft echoey vocals. Talking about vocals, or actually lyrics.. I must say the lyrics make it pretty clear it shouldn't be taken too seriously. It makes the vide of the songs pretty mellow which you wouldn't think at first. Here and there you can also hear the influences of psychedelics, it gives the songs/album some wavy 'edges'.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

It's very 80's and overall a pretty good album. It goes someplace. Their is a 60's guitar lick in the song HA HA IM DROWNING and very intesting repetitive lyrics in SLEEPING GAS. This album isn't with some duds like TREASON and even though the beat is good in BRAVE BOYS KEEP THEIR PROMISES. I don't think lyric makes the song that. So overall a good album with some small faults

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Honestly almost completely blown away by this. This is the missing piece of the puzzle bridging the gap between British psychedelia of the late 60s up to the British rock groups of the 00's. You can clearly hear the sound presented on Kilimanjaro in later British acts like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs. Some great tracks on this like the opener 'Ha Ha I'm Drowning', 'Thief of Baghdad' and the danceable 'Went Crazy'. Throughout the record is a controlled chaos of synth, organ, drums and erratic vocals, and it works really well! Unfortunately, 'When I Dream' is way too long - at least the version currently on Spotify. I wholeheartedly understand why it was originally cut down.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Nice post-punk.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Interesting.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Actually better than I thought it would be.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Wow. Is this the Smiths, but fun? Jangle my guitar baby, let’s go!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Fun tracks, very tight band. Lyrics a bit repetitious at times.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

There is such a thing as the sound of the eighties, and The Teardrop Explodes probably defined it with Reward. The whole album is about as eighties in feel as you can get, which, given that it was released on 01/01/1980 (apart from Sleeping Gas - the live track at the end on the version I heard from Spotify which is from 1981) is either remarkable prescience on their part or an indication of how much influence they had. Not enough to my taste to be 5 stars for me, but I would not begrudge it 5 from people whose musical taste it fits better.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Think 80s high energy brit pop, its groovy and fun

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

“Reward” has always been one of my favorite songs.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Its an okay album but there was nothing that really stood out and that I would come back too 6,4/10

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

It was good but not great

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

This album had its moments for me. The overall sound is pretty interesting, but it probably doesn't appeal to everyone. It appealed to me well enough to rate this album with 3 stars.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Not bad, not great, nice weird feel, gotta be in a certain mood for it

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

My ratings are kind of based off first impressions. This one had some good songs but didn't blow me away on my first listen. Might be a grower.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Solid album. Great 80s vibes went on a bit long though

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

big 80's feels. Reward is a bop.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

It’s interesting that they have this full bodied sound of what the 80s would be remembered for music wise, but it’s out 1980. Maybe they were ahead of the game, maybe I’m just illiterate

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Not that great but some of the songs are quite good

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Definitely a bit long, and has a bit of a rockier echo & the bunnymen flair. If i grew up with them, i'd probably like it more. There are some odd ducks mixed in there as well.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Kinda smithsy, but longer and less catchy

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

I do not like when I dream nor do I like strange house in the snow but I do really like the album. I love use me and traison.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Good vibes

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Sounds somewhat similar to The Swamp thing

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Good. Maybe a bit one-note in a few of the songs

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Its hard to come up with an immediate reaction to the first two tracks. There is a sense of foreboding in the upbeat jams. Like a dance party in a cave. There is almost like a ghoulish, halloween feeling to this album. See Second Head for reference. I get sort of lost after that song. Thief of Baghdad was pretty cool, I guess? Reward comes and sonically breaks up the languidness of the back half of the album. the bonus tracks i have no idea what to do with.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Right off the bat I like the music on this first track. Honestly, I’m hoping this isn’t a sign that we are going to be getting a majority British bands (especially since this list is British) but this is starting to look like an album I might like. Never heard of them before, The Teardrop Explodes, not my favorite band name but I’m getting those 80’s Duran Duran type vibes with these guys. Sleeping Gas was good too until then end when he kept wandering around. I listen to most of these on Apple Music and there are always some editors notes and for this one it says this band was Liverpool’s most volatile band, barely able to keep a lineup together long enough to put out an album. I think that actually enhances the music because this album is really enjoyable to listen to. Haven’t found any songs to take home with me but as an album its nice background music. Looking at the album cover I bet the minute after the photo was taken the bandmates started fighting. I feel like they just constantly yell at each other but the minute they record they just get to business. Overall this did end up being an enjoyable able to just listen all the way through. I don’t’ think I’ll come back to it but I’m glad I got a chance to listen to more British rock.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Seltsames Werk - in seinen schwachen Momenten nerven Fanfaren und etwas vordergründig saloppe Synth-Melodien bestimmen das Geschehen; in den starken, sehr hypnotischen Momenten („Poppies“, „When I dream“) ist all das wieder fast vollkommen vergessen und verziehen und der Effekt ist der Zeit entrückte Trance. Dizzy 3.4

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Entertaining. Needs further listening to evaluate

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Borderline 2/3. Enjoyed it, but cheesey synth horn were fucking gash

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Ponowne spotkanie z brytyjskim punkiem z najglebszych czelusci liverpoolu, a czemu czelusci, bo albumik nie dostepy na spotifaju. gdzie jedynie kompilacje najwiekszych hitow mozna obczaic, wiec sytuacja podobnie jak z peggy suicide, ktore troche temu sie pojawilo i o moje zdziwienie, pan Cope pojawia sie tutaj jako czlowiek frotnu odpowiedzialny za wokale i basika, wiec chcac nie chcac, mozna powiedziec ze poznalem jakis tam fragment orgin story jego tworczosci, bo roznica pomiedzy tymi dwoma albumami jest dosc znaczaca. zwlaszcza jesli chodzi o ich przystepnosc dla sluchacza, liryczna jak i instrumentalna, bo ten album idealnie wpasowuje sie w brzmienie rokowania lat 80, wiec post punkwosoc lub neo punkowosc, szukanie nowego brzmienia dla tego co juz bylo grane. wiec eksperymenty z synthami, mocno basowe brzmienie, do ciekawych pomyslow dochodza jeszcze wstawki pianinkowe obok synthrow, ktore daja dobry kontrast oraz wykorzystanie trabek na kawalkach jak sleeping gas czy haha, im drowning lub went crazy, ktory jest jednym z hajlajtow plyty, a jako ze jest to plyta z wczesnej tworczosci cope, jego druga banda, jesli wikipedia mnie nie zwodzi na manowce, wiec brak tu jeszcze swojego stylu, a raczej granie ktore powinno brzmiec dobrze dla jak najwiekszego kregu sluchaczy, tak samo ma sie sprawa z tekstami ktore sa o wiele bardziej bezposrednie, narracja pierwszo osobowa, dlugosc kawalkow jest takze dosc typowa, bo 2-3 minuty wiekszosc trwa, co tworzy 37 minutowy material o 11 trakach, dlugoscia nadrabia zamykajacy when i dream, ktory najbardziej z calej plyty eksperymentuje z synthami i jest najblizej buublegumowego sounda jakim okresla sie granie tej bandy wsrod zjadaczy ryb i frytkow, z czym jestem sie w stanie zgodzic po przesluchaniu tego traka, ocenialem tylko orginalne wydanie z 1980, chociaz material mial dwa ponowne wydania, to sam cope krytykowal je za sprzedawanie ochlapow pod marka ktora sie sprzeda, wiec raczej nie bede sie zaglebial badanie deluxowych wersji, poza wentem crazy na plejke gdybym mogl, to wrzucilbym jeszcze gumowy traczek lub brave boysow w zaleznosci od plejki, ale jako ze na spotifaju brak plyty i ratowac kolejny raz musialem sie soulseekiem, to zostaje notka tutaj

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Another 80s band I'd never heard of, but enjoyed. Nice 80s indie pop. A very pleasant and enjoyable listen. 3.5/5.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Some of it sounded like The Jam, with a hint of The Smiths and even Madness. Got a bit too 80s and keyboardy at times. What I'm trying to say is, they're like a shit Keane.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

I started to listen to this yesterday and couldn't get into it. It wasn't that I disliked it, I just wasn't in the mood for it. When I played it today I quite liked it. Julian's a voice reminds me of another artist but I can't quite place it.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Ok

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

I wanted to like this more than I did. But it was still a good fresh listen.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Another totally 80s sounding album, get your flanger and phaser out

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

I like this kind of music, but it seems like the makers of this list like it a tad too much. We've already had a couple of similar albums that were much better.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Simple and common rock music

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

It's a good album, I like the sound, but at the same time, it is really repetitive and all the songs sound the same.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

7/10

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Competent upbeat British New wave. Like a less depressing Smiths or less experimental talking heads. Pretty good, but I bit forgettable. 3/5

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Hadn't heard of these guys. Reminds me of the Clash, which makes sense since I don't know much post-punk. A few tracks worth a re-listen.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Middle of the road 80’s

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

A high 3. Spent a lot of time on this one, mainly cause I wasn't sure what to rate it - songs I liked were very good and enjoyed it as a whole, but a 4 feels too high Saved: Ha Ha I'm Drowning*, Treason

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

This was pretty good. Felt sort of like prototypical British 80s music. 3 stars.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Meh, it’s fine. But is it just me or did all the songs have the same speed/drumbeat?

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Good new wave, haven;t heard it before. I didn't note much but I would add some tracks to a new wave playlist.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Some half decent tracks as well as the obvious ones

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Sleeping Gas, Treason, Poppy are incredible tracks. This is a decent album. Few too many horns. All about the vocalist, his voice is the main attraction.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Je n'ai que très peu apprecié cette appropriation culturelle que se permet le groupe des Teardrop Explodes, utilisant à intervalle regulier notre belle langue française, dans des phrases n'ayant pas le moindre sens. Si l'on ne maîtrise pas son sujet, il vaut mieux se faire discret. Mais bon, vous me ferez remarquer a juste titre que robgruyère se permet bien de critiquer des albums de musique...

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Typische '80s popmuziek. Klinkt in eerste instantie wel leuk, zoals veel van de artiesten in die tijd. Maar met zo'n heel album klinkt het al snel een beetje als een eenheidsworst. Ik denk dat hun individuele nummers beter tot zijn recht komen op een verzamelalbum. Het nummer "Treason" heeft hitpotentie! ***

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Very 80s sounding, but not much inspired

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Very 80s sounding to me, which unfortunately I never quite love. Not bad but not my thing.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

This is not my kind of music. It sounds mostly like noise to me.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Ok

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Didn't expect too much from this, but it's actually [retty good

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

What didn't this influence? Getting hints of Blur, Bloc Party, The Fall, structures of Britpop rising here. Perfect for throwing shapes to while waiting for Duran Duran to show up.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

its alright, punk styled album with some interesting added influences that can be called psychedelic

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

very 80s

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

First half of the album is promising -reminiscent of the Jam, Gang of Four, at times Blondie and a ska-less Specials, but then it tapers of into songs about bouncing babies and muddled lyrics - it could have been a staple of early 80s post-punk but being overlong and at times half baked lyrics killed that chance. Nice discovery and a fun listen nonetheless

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Skemmtileg plata. Julian Cope skín sínu skærasta.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Meh. Sonido ameno pero todas las canciones suenan igual, ninguna destacó

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

It’s fun. Singles are brilliant. Quite psych, quite weird, but poppy. I like it.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Pretty um bouncy nervy 80s post-punk type thing with synths and that yeah

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Ok…. Jag måste vara ärlig…. De va cheeeelin….

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I liked it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

3.5

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Básicamente pop.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

3/5

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Ok album. Reminds me of an earlier version of Prefab Sprout.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

It’s interesting how so many post-punk/new wave bands from the early 80s sound like variations on the same sound. Not in a bad way…just interesting..

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. There seems to be a lot of random new wave/post-punk type bands on this list.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

I enjoyed this quite a bit, more than I thought I would. It reminds me a bit of the Stranglers. I'm not a fan of the trumpets, which I actually assumed was a synthesizer at first. But in general this was a solid post punk album. Fave Songs: Poppies in the Field, Treason, Thief of Baghdad, Second Head, Sleeping Gas, Bouncing Babies

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Not essential, but not bad. There are some extremely catchy jams on this record, and some queasy-cheesy moments, too. (6/10) FT: Treason, Brave Boys Keep Their Promises

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Hi- Treason, Went Crazy, Thief of Baghdad, When I Dream Prog-rock/New Wave vibes, definitely sounds British. Pleasant and easy going, with competent vocals and instrumentation. It's definitely got charm and is more interesting during subsequent playthroughs.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Very 80s, which is not a compliment! Bets song is Reward, which wasn't even on the original version. Enjoyable enough, but not great. Definition of three 🌟 to me!

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Stand out "Poppies in the field". it's another very 80's album that only just sneaks a 3.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Pas mauvais. Il y a des pièces très intéressante. Un peu trop long, mais la version originale est probablement ok. C'est une époque que je connais très peu et que je suis content de découvrir. Pièce préférée: Treason

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Thu May 19 2022
3

I didn’t mind this but it struck me as fairly typical of its time and genre.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Teardrop Explodes are one of those bands that I appreciate but have never really gotten into. I can't put my finger on it as they tick all the right boxes for me musically. I found my mind wandering while listening to Kilimanjaro. There are some great cosmic, very English songs on here, Reward is a pop classic. Good album that just didn't capture my attention

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Pretty good for a new wave 80s album. Treason and Second Hand are good songs.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
3

Never herd of these guys before… The album opens with ha ha I’m drowning an amazing danceable pop rock song theres especially great mental stampeding drum breaks. Sleeping gas is the same sorta thing the instrumentation here is amazing especially the vocals on this one weirdly complement this song quite well. The song can be repetitive but still cool. Treason is an amazing pop song with stunning drumming I’am kinda glad this is there second biggest song according to Spotify! Song four second head has a brilliant bass line that carries this one. There’s also a cool little drum break in this song. Poppies has a cool intro and guitar riff but while I get what they’re trying to say the lyrics aren’t great. Went crazy is alright again great instrumentation and it would’ve felt a bit filler as the songs seem to be doing the same thing but that bridge is great for this song. Next is brave boys keep their promises it’s not slow as such but is one of the slowest songs lacking the multitude of instrumentation on the majority of the songs just being led by drums and guitars for the most part. Yeah it’s a good song. Bouncing babies is a little odd the drums actually do make it sound like it’s bouncing in the ear, not a favourite but certainly unique. Books is a little darker and more aggressive the singer shouts for the most part, the guitars are cool yet quiet and the bass and drums are good two. The best bit is the horns though gives it a great sense of grandness. The penultimate track thief of Baghdad it’s a slower track certainly different from the rest album the chorus is epic the rest of the song is alright but not too special still like it though! The album ends on when I dream it’s alright fairly grand great synths so strong closer I guess. If I didn’t see they were from Liverpool I would’ve honestly thought this was some early form of madchester I like it at moments but there’s quite a bit of filler here too.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Decent album that has some interesting sounds but overall, over the whole duration of the album, it just doesn't offer enough to justify more than being average

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Just another new wave album.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

Me gustó

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Another band that I was not all familiar with, at least in name, but I guess that is all apart of this album a day thing. Overall the album was alright. It was your standard sounding album from that time. Nothing really stood out to me and again that is because I only give these albums a quick once through. I also didn't read the information behind the album so that probably didn't help. Anyway it is what it is so on to the next album!

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I'm not sure about how "essential" this album is but it is quite fun. Very jammy and grooving and catchy. Definitely something I'd listen to again.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Guess I'm a real 80s bitch. Totally enjoyed this album. Particularly liked "Poppies," "Books," "When I Dream." I noticed on Spotify, which is my method of listening, has tracked 9.1M plays on the song "Reward" and 85K plays on the album's namesake song "Kilimanjaro." On Spotify there were two bonus tracks that I liked -Traison (C'Este Juste Une Histoire) - Liked them singing in French a lot! - Sleeping Gas (Live at Club Zoo/1981) - Wish I were there! Cover design: what the heck is the guy (second from the left) holding?! Learned the definition of "blighter," which is a term used in "Went Crazy." Can't say I would spin this one on my own, particularly as I never heard of Teardrop Explodes. But would I get up and dance to this...hell, yeah.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Huh. I knew nothing about this band. I've heard of Julian Cope and maybe heard a song or two by him, but had no idea he was in this band until today. I dug this, though by the end I was getting a bit tired of it. Cool lyrics and melodies and good drumming. This was a cool find and I'll def look more into other songs by them and Cope.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

It was decent, but no tracks particularly stood out to me. I liked it somewhat, though.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Not bad postpunk of the eighties

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Nice but not addictive

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

This album was pretty good for this genre, but I am not a huge fan of the genre. Also, there is way too much representation on this list. It gets old quick. 3.5 stars

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Police + duran duran but not better than the sum

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Has a funky, Brit-pop kinda thing going on. Not bad. 3.5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

For some reason, I've amalgamated Tangerine Dream, Teardrop Explodes and Flock of Seagulls into one band. Flock of Exploding Tangerines? Sounds like an Orange Juice tribute band. Anyway, one of the reviews said "cheery Joy Division" and I sort of get that. I know more solo Julian Cope than any TE so I kind of enjoyed this although expected 'World Shut Your Mouth' to be the next track after every track. Enjoyed the bass, 80s production and general properties. Still don't understand the line about Rafferty. All in all, pretty good, but not amazing. 3.5 rounded down.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

I do enjoy this, although at times I felt like someone else did the sound better. But that doesn't make it bad, just similar to other stuff.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Not bad by any means, but really, I don't think I would ever think to spin this record again. It was nice, but it left no impression on me.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

This is the kind of odd new wave that existed at the very beginning of the genre and I wish had been kept around for longer. Not bad, though I don't see myself revisiting this much.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Another post-punky/dreampopy album where I can appreciate it but don’t love it. I don’t really have much to say, honestly (and I’ll probably be behind for the next few albums). C

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

It is 80s music. None of the songs are particularly memorable and I do not think I was familiar with any of them either. Over it was alright. Better than a two not really a 3 but I will round up.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Pretty good stuff but not sure when I'd listen to it again, getting slightly overwhelmed with sheer number of bands that have a similar vibe to this

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

3/5. It is another alright album. It sounds really similar to all these other pop rock bands from the UK around this time

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Kinda good low key

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

I love this album, one of my favorites of all time!

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

liked some earlier tracks but the rest was not as good imo

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Its alright, the songs are fun though.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

that was actually not bad New Wave?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

trur eg kan lika detta om eg gir da eit nytt forsøk

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Yeah, it’s was ok. But probably won’t listen again.

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Wed Nov 11 2020
2

Could've done a bit more with the chord progressions, would had been better if it was a bit fast paced

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Fri Jan 01 2021
2

Boring. Didn't make it to the end. 'Reward' is the one notable track. 2.3/5.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

I say jajajjajaja bubububub

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Die ersten Takte ließen bereits wieder Schlimmes befürchten, aber dann wurde es stellenweise mitunter so kreativ-verspielt, dass es fast anfing, mir zu gefallen. Für 3 Sterne waren die Songs aber doch nicht interessant genug komponiert, gute 2 Sterne.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Otro de esos aburridos grupos de los ochenta en los que todo suena a que eran muy buenos músicos y podían haber dominado al mundo pero su música se vuelve casi monótona y cuesta trabajo ver cuál es el mérito para estar en la lista. Gana la segunda estrella nada más porque el bajista sí suena impresionante, pero casi la pierde porque la voz siento que imita a Sting. ¿Qué rayos está abrazando el tipo de la portada?

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

1.5| Comenzó todo muy bien hasta que la rola 3 ya era igual a las otras 2, una psicodelia limpia pero no da para mas

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

I'm not hearing anything mind blowing on this first listen. Not doing it for me.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

I halfway expected this album to be various jazz covers of Toto's Africa given the title and cover art, honestly I probably would have liked that better than what I got. This is a pretty sub-standard british new-wave album. It's very uninspired. I really don't have much to say about this album. Its pretty boring and quicky faded to the background. I didn't find any qualities that would lift this album above any others.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

1.5 | Siempre me emociona cuando sale un disco de alguien que jamás había escuchado. Por verlos y al empezar a escucharlo pensé que quizá era un grupo muy bueno de New Wave que no conocía. Sí es una banda de New Wave, con mucho sonido de Post-Punk y Psicodelia pegados, pero la verdad es que no fueron muy buenos. La influencia de psicodelia al inicio creí iba a ser buena y darle un giro interesante, pero terminó escuchándose como New Wave indistinto al que le pusieron un organito Hammond encima. Terminé sintiendo que se escuchaba demasiado a Interpol. Habrá a quien eso se le haga bueno pero para mí fue se quedo en el arranque. Creí que me iba a enganchar y solo se quedó flotando de fondo (y no de la forma correcta como Eno). Lo más triste es quizá no tengo mucho que decir realmente... Las primeras tres canciones muy bien... Y ya... No le veo necesidad de estar en la lista.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Iniciadores

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Yikes, another reminder that I’m getting old and certain things just don’t age well. New Gold Dream is of similar vintage but it sounds way fresher and more innovative than this. I really liked Poppies in the field back in the day, but the driving beat that I recalled now sounds muffled and uninspired. The synth keyboard also sounds lame. It was a struggle to get thru the 17 songs on this album

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Sun Apr 11 2021
2

basic 80s sound

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

I can't really explain why I don't like this. I find it just a bit irritating. Maybe too many trumpets.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Just like talking heads but much much worse

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

that was well 80s wasn't it.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

49. Dragões gritam para as baterias de carros presas em bolhas de sabão. Para onde correr no piquenique do Windows? Os pinheiros são altos e as minhas mãos derretem ao sol. Tudo vihihihihihihibra e eu deixo-me escorregar pelas janelas térreas. São 1500 casas habitadas por um semi-careca. Viva a Azambuja caralho!!!! Os putos dormem nos estores a banheira está cheia deslizo e bolhas bolhas bolhas bolhas MotA: Treason "Oh, use your common sense"

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Sun Aug 01 2021
2

2.0

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Tue Aug 03 2021
2

Rough synth parts and drowned out vocals harm most tracks on Kilimanjaro, which results in an annoying listening experience. Blending psychedelic elements with playful and energetic melodies is something that was tried here, but not to great succes. It sounds sloppy, unengaging and uninspired, but nothing here is downright awful or insulting. 2/5.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Not my cup of tea exactly.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

This is a generic 80s album for me. I just don’t get it being something I have to listen to. Forget the music. What is going on with this album cover? The guy on the right is washed out with the bright light. The guy in front of him is leaning forward. Why? And is he grinning? I can’t tell because he is in dark shadows. The guy on the left is staring at us like he’s thinking, “yes you should be scared.” Why? Because he knows what the dude in the back is caressing. Is that a bag of some sort that he is caressing? What is in the bag? I don’t know, but it should scare all of us. The above analysis was much more interesting than the music.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Largely unremarkable. I enjoyed the title track.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

This album seems to be made of your standard 80s too-much-synth tracks but it was surprisingly more pleasant than I expected. Still not to my taste though...

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

This started tolerable and ended up becoming torture as the album drug on. Some individual tracks are okay like "When I Dream" for example but as an album I find it irritating.

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