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The Sound - Shock Of Daylight review (Sounds 1984)

date: Feb 5, 1984


THE SOUND - Shock Of Daylight 
(Statik STAB 1) 


DESPITE THE fact that they didn't know who Ashford and Simpson were until I told them the other night, the Sound are creating beautifully soulful rock music at the moment. This mini-album showcases current material which strikes chords as strongly as their previous output. If 'All Fall Down' chipped away at the gothic walls of 'From The Lion's Mouth', 'Shock Of Daylight’ nails down the carpet but nervously pulls open the curtains. 'Golden Soldiers' come storming in to fight what I suspect is the good fight, for a romantic vision based on reality. 'Longest Days' and the new single 'Counting the Days' are more introspective. . Here, grey is a wonderful colour, subliminally expressive. Adrian Borland's needlepoint lyrics and warmly tense vocals elevate 'Winter' from the morose to the melancholy. (There's a subtle difference.) The first day of spring is heralded by 'New Way Of Life', where the music flows and envelops in Sensurround, and an eloquent guitar solo cracks through the energised gloom. 

The elements - Max/ Colvin's keyboards, Graham's bass and Michael Dudley's drums - reach a telepathic fusion point on the closing 'Dreams Then Plans' where rhythm and melody work a series of remarkable one-twos before Adrian Borland's lyrics, vocals and escalating guitar slide in to score. Yeah, I'd love to be less pompous and over-the-top, mr. Borland, but a record of this quality and depth of emotion demands a response which at least aspires to dignity. Besides, the sun is shining. 'Shock Of Daylight’ doesn’t surprise me. Optimistically; a classic, Surrender. 

CHRIS ROBERTS (Sounds 1984)

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