From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Landscape's second album was the band's most successful, reaching the British Top Twenty and spawning the Top Five hit "Einstein a Go-Go" there, as well as a Top 40 follow-up with "Norman Bates." It's generally considered the group's most artistically successful, too, though it's an odd timepiece of a time during which synth pop was just about to begin a meteoric ascendancy in the British pop consciousness. From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus was not as contrived as the most notorious synth pop recordings of the early '80s, but neither was it emotionally engaging rock as listeners had previously known it. Instead, it was rather dry, arch, and arty,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Landscape's second album was the band's most successful, reaching the British Top Twenty and spawning the Top Five hit "Einstein a Go-Go" there, as well as a Top 40 follow-up with "Norman Bates." It's generally considered the group's most artistically successful, too, though it's an odd timepiece of a time during which synth pop was just about to begin a meteoric ascendancy in the British pop consciousness. From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus was not as contrived as the most notorious synth pop recordings of the early '80s, but neither was it emotionally engaging rock as listeners had previously known it. Instead, it was rather dry, arch, and arty, emphasizing irony over emotion. It's too glossy and detached for its own good, but it does have a knowing, somewhat more sophisticated swarm than much of the synth pop that would follow slightly later, as well as a bit of jazzy lounge ambience. Actually, "Norman Bates," though far lesser known than "Einstein a Go-Go," is the most memorable song; its laconic, even-tempered computer-textured vocal pronouncements of "my name is Norman Bates, I'm just a normal guy" come off as fairly chilling in their matter-of-fact disingenuousness. The 2002 CD reissue on Cherry Red adds four songs from 1982-1983 singles -- "It's Not My Name," "Eastern Girls," "So Good So Pure So Kind," and "You Know How to Hurt Me" -- that found the band drifting into a yet more mechanized and (at the time) commercial new romantic sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929209121
  • Catalog Number: 209

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Landscape Primary Artist
Peter Marinker Narrator
Technical Credits
Landscape Producer, Engineer
Richard James Burgess Contributor
John Etchells Engineer
Chris Heaton Contributor
John Hudson Engineer
Dave Hunt Engineer
Andy Jackson Engineer
Ray Massey Cover Photo
Hugh Padgham Engineer
Andy Pask Contributor
Steve Rance Engineer
Peter Smith Engineer
Brian Tench Engineer
Peter Thoms Contributor
Colin Thurston Producer, Engineer
Dave Baker Engineer
Rick Walton Engineer
Rafe McKenna Engineer
John L. Walters Contributor
David Baker Engineer
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