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Calenture

The Triffids

1987

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Calenture

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2.61

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why is this 80s wannabe record-store-shitstack album on the list

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I'm not even sure this album was in the 1001 top albums of 1987.

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Was there a typo that resulted in this album getting on the list? I fail to see any aspect of this one that merits it being in a list of 1001 albums I must hear. The whole thing feels over thought and way over produced. Given the pay counts (or lack thereof) on Spotify, I get the feeling that I'm not the only one this hasn't connected with. I wonder how many of those plays are purely generated from this site recommending the album. The worst part was that track had so much reverb and chorus on it that I was effectively forced to listen to every song multiple times at once. It was like each track was actually multiple instances of the song being played; each instance's timing slightly offset from the next. I could only get through track 6 (Open for You) before I had to call it.

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This is clearly a band built around the singer, David McComb. He has has an interesting voice, a bit like Lloyd Cole on the mellower songs and like fellow-Aussie Nick Cave when he gets wound up. The melodies do grow on you, but overall, the song-writing isn't that strong and the arrangements are pretty straight forward.

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What a load of shite. It's like they were 6th form students asked to do an impression of an 80s Christian rock band at Eurovision. I started finding it funny though due to how bad it was, like they can't have been serious. I suppose I can't give it 1 star, because I did take some enjoyment from it, but absolutely not in the way they intended.

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Bored to tears

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McComb's explosive rage at the finale of \"Vagabond Holes\" should have been the Triffids' last gasp, an unsettling blast of scarred emotions that isn't easy to shake off.

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5

this album was a good vibe, like wowowow i did like it!

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5

I love how chill this group sounds !

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Discovered this album a few years after it was released and it was the first Triffids album for me. Not sure if that is why I like it the most (the other Triffids albums are also great) but apart from the so-so production, this is a 5* album in every other aspect, introspective guitar rock that sounds very Australian, David McComb was one of the best singer-songwriters ever.

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I thought about giving this four stars and then thought 'I'm only not giving it five BECAUSE of Bury Me Deep In Love' which is really punishing them for Neighbours. So, for the songs, the playing, the vocals. 5 stars. A high-water mark of eighties Australian music.

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Actually a pretty good album, no song stands out but overall very enjoyable

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Really like this. Part Cult, Alarm, Prefab, Hot house all together. My 80' in a nutshell - simpler times and music.

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I really enjoyed this.

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Good 80s album. I truly enjoyed it. Not sure why but I did!

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Pretty corny and pretty 80s which means I like it.

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Always hard to judge exactly how good an album is while I'm doing homework, but this one seemed quite good

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A little weird, the songs almost felt too disjoint to be an album? It was good and groovy if a bit aggressively 80s, and they had nice voices. A solid 4 stars.

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Calenture is a misleading album. It opens with a pillowy, power pop ballad that belongs more in the opening montage of a Disney movie about some orphaned animal adopted into an interspecial family than it does the opener of a post-punk Australian outfit's LP. However, as the album progresses, cracks appear in the facade of this simple, straightforward, sickeningly sweet pop. “Kelly’s Blues” is peppered with indecipherable lyrics that sound like the scrawlings of a maniac in love with his hostage; “A Trick of the Light” reinforces this image of mania by recounting the story of a man who sees some lost love, perhaps, but it also hints at something much darker (with lyrics like “I was beating on her Iike an anvil…With that same old panic caught on her face”); “Unmade Love” seems to narrate scorned love gone wrong; and on and on. Suddenly, “Bury Me Deep in Love” sounds more like a warning covered over by its pillowy instrumentals. It isn’t just the story being narrated by the band that chips away at the album’s first impression. The sudden shift to the dark, uneasy instrumentation in “Unmade Love”; the strings that linger off-kilter in the background of “Blinder By the Hour” are almost anxious-making; the pulsing percussion of “Vagabond Holes” paired with the McComb’s vocal performance produces a song that feels desperate (although I wish both the vocals and the instrumentals in the chorus were less polished, rougher like they are in the verses of the song); the title track is an incredible punctuation of the album. My biggest complaint is the closer. The album overstays its welcome with “Save What You Can”. Not that it is a bad song (although I don’t think it is a particularly good song), but it ruins what would have been an amazing closer with the title track. The album can also drag in some places. I find my attention begins to wander when I listen to songs like “Hometown Farewell Kiss”, “Open For You”, and “Holy Water”. I also think “Jerdacuttup Man” lasts a beat longer than I wish it did (although I really love most of the song). I would give it a 7/10. It would almost certainly be a higher rating if the album ended with Calenture, but it probably wouldn’t be too much higher of a rating.

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***to be read in the voice of Harry Redknapp*** The triffic Triffids. They do seem to have sparked some controversy in the Spackers judging panel, do the Triffids. Harry Redknapp also caused controversy by successfully swerving tax evasion charges by claiming he had secret bank accounts in his dog's name because he couldn't read. So there you go.

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Classic 80s rock/pop, so you know I'm gonna love it. A little long, but the songs I saved were very very good, even if I wouldn't come back to the entire album Saved: Bury My Deep in Love, Blinder By T!he Hour, Jerdacuttup Man

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Amazing home town music.

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I reviewed this already so I'm not going to write a lot. favorite songs are jerdacuttop man and calenture. Good album.

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4/5 - I had never heard of this guy, but good for him, he's fun.

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I’m intrigued by this album. It combines 80s elements of power pop, folk music, country music, and new wave. It is more conventional than most new wave artists and can be quite symphonic.

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Most of the songs felt familiar even though it's my first time listening to this album.

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Quite liked this album. Tone was somewhat dark but very melodic. Singer has a great vocal tone. Reminded me of a more bluesy Bowie.

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Very jangle-pop uk 80s, some of the songs sound like Echo & the Bunnymen, or The Smiths, or Deaon Blue, or The Associates, or even Inxs. Wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed it, and will listen to it again. One thing though - Spotify has the (very) extended version, with more than twice as many songs, some of them demos/outtakes.

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80,s synth

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Not a bad album, easy listening

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Un disco muy raro, de esos que no sé bien cómo llegaron a esta lista. Musicalmente me gustó; de hecho creo que de los discos de la época ochentera que nos han tocado, es el que más me ha gustado. Como si fueran lo bueno de The Smiths, pero sin la voz espantosa de Morrisey. Mi único problema fue lo largo. Y encima hay un disco que trae también los ensayos y se vuelve infinito.

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This was a real treat. Very underrated group.

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mitt nya favorit album. älskar verkligen gubbar som rockar sockorna av mej

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Not heard of this band before but enjoyed this, any song with loud "Huhs" all the way through screams 80's and I love it.

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I ressslly dug this. Solid Melodies

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Some potential here, but didn’t catch me on the first listen. Might be worth a revisit!

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Vagabond Holes was a great song, everything else just kind of blends together. not bad , just down the middle rock

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Blinder by the Hour is the standout for me

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This is a fine record and everything, but almost everything else I've heard by then has been better.

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Is alright.

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This is a band that hasn't quite determined their sound. Could be Pop or rock or, what I'm going to call, Australian country.

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Wow, a band I've never heard of! this album was pretty good, not great, but I enjoyed it, as it kinda felt like a mix of New Order, The Smiths, and every 80's rock band music. I don't know if i'll ever add these songs to my go-to playlists, i'd have to listen to it again a few times, but this was very enjoyable!

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Not bad, but a bit boring and one-note for me.

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New band for me! Massively produced late 80's Aussie rock. Best Tracks: Bury Me Deep In Love, A Trick of the Light, Save What You Can

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Easy listening. Inoffensive. Just what I needed at the time. Wouldn't listen to it again.

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Had genuinely never heard of them before. First track was super catchy. Reminded me of a “less sad” Cure

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Some of these songs sounded like, 40% familiar but I'm pretty sure I haven't heard them before.

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Hab noch nie von der Band gehört, aber das Album war cool. Irgendwie was besonderes aber auch nicht...

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No está mal, pero casi no me ha llamado la atención.

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Meh. Not bad but didn't love it. I picked Bury me deep in love as my fave track, seems to be the most popular also.

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Interesting mix of classic rock and new wave sounds.

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Pretty good lyrically and has a cool feel for a late 80s album, but nothing that’s going to stick with me forever.

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I have had a very long string of 3-star albums at this point....

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Nom remarkable in anyway. Not sure why it’s on this list

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Occaisonally poignant tunes with an apreciable sonic variety

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De bänga ja gjorde annat medans ja lyssna dock så de ble automatisk trea. Ja lyssna btw gårdagens album men ja klicka imisstag did not listen. Ganska friged up

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Very good album with a couple of outstanding tracks.

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This didn't really mesh with my tastes. But a distinctive voice and lyrically interesting.

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47. Calenture - The Triffids 29 tracks. Never heard of them. Just a shit, softer, more melancholy INXS seems a tad harsh, but it's what I keep coming back to. It's not rubbish at all, far from it. It just lacks..... something. Something significant. 3/5

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Okay sound. Kind of like the cure

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I had never heard of them but this album was really enjoyable

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Suenan muy agradable, aunque creo que rayan en lo soso. Los coros son muy buenos en general, pegajosos y fáciles de repetir y cantar a la par, aunque creo que esto no salva a la mayoría de las canciones (e.g. Vagabond Holes). La parte fuerte del disco el segundo tercio (Unmade, Open, Holy, Blinder). Las letras tristes están bien pero creo que se queda a punto de ser un gran disco. Sólido 3. Songs: Unmade Love, Blinder by the Hour, Calenture

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3.5 Rock muy pop ochentero de ese que realmente como que no es mi máximo. Sin embargo tengo que aceptar bastante, bastante bien hecho, más interesante de lo que parecía al inicio, líricamente si bien la temática no es como que super novedosa sí están bien hechas las canciones. Creo que la palabra que le pondría a su sonido es "meticuloso" se siente hecho con mucho cuidado, muchos detalles... al grado que siento que es un disco sobreproducido en varios puntos y se empieza a inflar más allá de lo aconsejable. A pesar de esos detalles y de no ser un género del que sea muy fanático, muy decente disco. Quizá no entienda del todo su inclusión en la lista pero a diferencia de otros que han tocado que tampoco entiendo su inclusión al menos la experienca de escucharlo valió la pena. Casi olvido que también debia mencionar... dentro de esa sobrepdorucción... también como que le podía cortar unas 4-5 canciones de las 17 y mucho mejor hubiera quedado.

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ok

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Very 80s but a pleasant listen. Some of the hooks made for solid pop songs. Kinda forgettable, with no real standouts, but a decent listen nonetheless.

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was aighttt

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Yet another example of an album that should get more stars, but because of the Remastered-full-of-crap album version, it doesn't get what it deserves. The original album has 12 songs. It is an awesome album... But when you listen to 29 songs from a double album... with 3 versions of the same song, then it becomes boring and stale...

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This is the shit I sing in the shower. Cheeeeesey lyrics!

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There was some good writing on this album but sonically it didn't do it for me

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I didn't have any strong feelings about this album.

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Jangle pop that sounds very much of its time, and specifically inspired by The Smiths, between the jangle, extensive synths, and chambered vocals and instruments. Optimistic tone, with further inspiration from folk, country, and sophisti-pop (hear that easy listening brass). It's solid, some highlights, but nothing outstanding.

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Very inconsistent. There's something great about variety in an album of its done well. This one could've stayed a little focused in style.

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Nothing overly interesting or ambitious in this one. Songs are all ok but nothing to memorable.

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It's a real shame - the music and the songs on this album are good, but not great. It's expertly arranged and played, but it somehow misses the spark of true greatness. I guess I wanted to like this album more than I ended up doing. 3/5

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Good listening while waiting to check in at urgent care!

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Australsk folk-pop, tematisk, violin

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Listened once, album length was daunting, NEED TO RELISTEN!

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Dated, boring, way too long. Did not finish.

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Good enough. Pleasant

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Soft 80s heartbreak

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Hmmm. Not really impressed.

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Favs - Vagabond Holes - Rehersal Demo, Jerdacuttup Man - Rehersal Demo. Okay - Baby Can I Walk You Home, Region Unknown. Wouldn’t listen to the rest again.

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yawn

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Nope. Just not for me.

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Sounded like a poor mans version of Morrissey

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Too sugary for me. Not a fan.

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Didn't find anything special about this tbh, standard 80s soft rock as far as I can tell

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just all my least favorite conventions of 80s music. sounds very cheesy, lyrics are so over the top and the vocal style is a bit annoying. a couple of them bang though if you don't listen too hard.

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I don't like this at all. It's soooo boring.

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Boring inoffensive middle of the road pop.

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Melodic tunes, but just a bit boring.

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Kommt an mich nicht ran

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Not my style.

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It was okay. Tried to get into but never did. Never heard of this band.

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Rätt standard 80-tals album, inte mycket att hurra över. A Trick of the Light var rätt bra dock

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Hmm, långt. Jag gillar ändå stora delar av albumet, men det var en märklig upplevelse. Jag lyssnade i flera olika vågor vilket kanske inte har gynnat albumet i mina öron. Uppdelat i två diskar, varav den senare är demos men det var inte precis samma låtar som på disk 1 så jag lyssnade ändå igenom det. Men gällande soundet är det ändå mycket som funkar. Sångarens röst är kraftfull på rätt sätt, det blandas in lite roliga instrument som inte hör till det absolut vanligaste, lite fina stråkar som sitter fint exempelvis. Vid andra omständigheter som hade lett till en genomlyssning i ett svep hade kanske kunnat gjort denna till en 3:a men som lyssningen blev nu räcker det inte riktigt till. Bäst: "Blinder by T!he hour"

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maybe a good album, but my first and second listen didn't do anything for me.

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Pretty unmemorable

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Vagabond holes was good but the rest was pretty boring

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no, 80's just... no... again, dated, cheesy, unmemorable and all that

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That corny 80's reverb-for-days drum sound, cheesy keys, emotive vocals with lame lyrics. Gave it a few tracks (then skipped through a bit of the other songs) to see if there was good stuff lurking in there but, alas, there was none to be found. In terms of other bands from that era doing those kind of songs with that kind of instrumentation and that kind of production, they're a dime a dozen. Don't know how this album made the list, but glad to have listened. There are always treasures to be found in bands & songs you haven't heard before. This wasn't one of them.

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Ei oikeestaan mitään ihmeellistä sanottavaa, peruskakkonen

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Oh lord... Tasapaksua huttua ja vitutti kuunnella loppuun asti.

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2.75. There are better ways to scratch this itch. It’s fun to think about which 3 bands you’d mash together for this sound. Simple Minds/ABC/Deep Blue Something

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I could barely finish this one. Not for me.

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I learned too late in life that there was actually a really cool music scene in australia in the 80s so I was pretty excited to hear a band I hadn't heard before. So that didn't work out.

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My theory is that all of Australia mistakenly believed that the Cult was banned from the country and that all of the critics responsible for this list mistakenly believed that the Triffids were British, meeting the book's criteria by default. There are times where the lyricism pulls the band from the brink of generic, largely thanks to the album's loose themes of illusion and isolation giving a slightly different complexion to the same old rote love songs, but I still can't shake the feeling that I've heard this all plenty of times before. I'm thinking I might be a little too harsh on this one, but cut me a break: a fucking bug flew into my mouth during the first track and probably colored some of my score here. Key Tracks: Trick of the Light, Vagabond Holes, Jerdacuttup Man

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This book sucks man

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From British mediocrity to Australian mediocrity this book has it all

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Another one that wasn't really for me. Sounded almost like a tears for fears but without many of the redeeming qualities. Moving on!

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Had not heard of this band or heard their music (not that I recall, but as they had a hit or two in the late 80s, I probably heard those on the radio and just don't recall). The lead vocalist's voice is strong and clear, and they play well. The sound is very familiar to me as a lot of pop bands in the mid to late 80s sounded like this. It's a good representation of that sound. Nothing wrong with the album, just didn't engage me. Everything kind of blurred together as one long song with different sections rather than distinct tracks.

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Remarkably boring

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Not great

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An uninspiring album.

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First impression: So 80s sounding. Something about the drums specifically just scream 80s. Really curious why this drum sound so strongly evokes this era of music - is it a massive amount of reverb? First 4 songs were quite rough for me. Was about to give up on this record until "Unmade Love" - which was a bit better with a hard driving rhythm some noisier guitar work. But I think this was an outlier because I didn't much care for the rest of the album after that. Very 80's sound, some pretty cheezy songs/lyrics (this Christmas one at the end being the worst), and some vague theme of religion (allmusic practically calls them a christian band) add up to a bad formula for me.

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No idea why an album like this makes the list. Random 80s theatrical dreck. Almost was comical.

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Very 1980s vocal style (Lloyd Cole-y), not unpleasant but no stand-out songs- all same standard. Just an average band. Again, the same question keeps cropping up: why is this on the list. I can turn on the radio randomly and hear music like this. Why is this in anyway special? It's not actively bad, so I suppose that's a step up from the avalanche of dross that makes up at least half of this list.

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Intensely boring.

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How is this on the list? Obscure Aussie Jangle pop from the 90's? I guess the author has a soft spot. I don't

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Not for me

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Not great.

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Only listened to one track and that was enough.

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Hasn’t aged well.

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Some wild lyrics

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Bleh

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MOR stuff here. Vocals a little to prominent for my taste

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Not for Me. The Cure-like?

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its alright folk rock but i dont get why this is on the list or what special about it

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Another dull poppy thing

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2.8 - "Unique" and "different" don't necessarily mean "good." Not that this record is irredeemably offensive - there are at least some interesting elements. But overall I just find it strange, and a waste of my time. Perhaps the most judicious thing would be to say I simply don't like it and move on. But since I took the time to give it a spin I'll name a few gripes. First, it's got a treble-heavy mix that just sounds weak and wispy. Second, I just couldn't get past David MacCombs' voice. It's actually a powerful baritone but I'm constantly distracted by the effete way he pronounces "s" sounds. Third, the songs explore some strange and pretentious subjects like spirituality and the afterlife. Resulting songs like "Holy Water" and "Jerdacuttup Man" are utterly ridiculous. Listening to this record, I'm somehow reminded of bad dinner theater.

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A bit too soft for me. Post-punk is really hit or miss.

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If rock and roll was breakfast food, "Calenture" by The Triffids would be unsweetened oatmeal. Sure, it'll do the job but it's not going to be interesting and you're going to be thinking about bacon the whole time. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to listen to this. But then, some people actually choose to eat plain oatmeal so I guess there's no accounting for taste.

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Loved the review which stated this wasn’t in the top 1001 of 1987. This is no REM U2 Waterboys or INXS or Elvis Costello or …. or …. Cover art 2/5

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05/12/2022 Pretty average 80's lite-rock. Album length is crazy.

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Getting go-betweens ad less flattering Crowded house vibes. Maybe a bit a the the. Super clean but poorly dated production. Some good bits but far too clean for my liking. Mehh not for me!

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Not for me

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really bad. really really bad. nothing enjoyable

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not good

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Estragou a semana. é isso o que tenho a dizer deste álbum. Esquecível

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1 estrela pra não dar 0.

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chato

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I was hopeful because it was folk rock, but its badly dated and generic at the same time. Wasn't my favorite experience

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If god is real why did he make me listen to this? Come back, Electric Prunes, all is forgiven

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fuck this. the best insult i can give this is that it must be the 80s version of snow patrol. if snow patrol turns up on this list it can fuck right off to the bottom of the chart.

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same as echo and the bunnymen, just so boring I quit after a few songs

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Eh. For some reason this really bored me, the mixes felt hollow and the singer was trash. It also lacked any interesting ideas.

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I’m a huge 80s music fan. But I have no use for this album.

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Not only are these songs trite and poorly written (musically and lyrically), this album contains the worst aspects of mid-1980's production quality. To top it off, the Wikipedia article about this album quoted a NME critic (regarding a 2007 reissue of this sonic nightmare) who compared the Triffids to U2 and R.E.M. based on this album alone. I don't know the Triffids. But how does THIS album prompt that comment?

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The first song on this album was truly one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard. There were one or two of these songs that I found tolerable, but overall this was a painful listen. There was also an inconsistency in tone that made the album feel very non-cohesive. The lyrics felt very simplistic, with a weird number of references to facial features. Also, a good amount of Christian messages, which I was not in the mood for. Boo.

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slow

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Already forgot how that sounds

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Väldigt intetsägande, ointressant album

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what? who? why? WTF is this? If anyone recommends the Tiffids to you, tell them to fuck off.

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Nope.

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