Through the Barricades

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All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
By the time Spandau Ballet's fifth album appeared in 1986, the sun had set on the synth poppers of the second British Invasion and guitars were all the rage once again. Never ones to miss a trend, the former new romantics -- who'd signed with a new label, Epic, and were determined to make a big splash stateside -- declared their admiration for bands like Bon Jovi and made an album that likely surprised their diminishing fan base with its AOR aspirations. Rocking up Spandau Ballet's smooth white-boy soul, Through the Barricades manages to avoid utter disaster via the tuneful creations of songwriter/guitarist Gary Kemp. Some would argue Kemp had finally evolved into a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
By the time Spandau Ballet's fifth album appeared in 1986, the sun had set on the synth poppers of the second British Invasion and guitars were all the rage once again. Never ones to miss a trend, the former new romantics -- who'd signed with a new label, Epic, and were determined to make a big splash stateside -- declared their admiration for bands like Bon Jovi and made an album that likely surprised their diminishing fan base with its AOR aspirations. Rocking up Spandau Ballet's smooth white-boy soul, Through the Barricades manages to avoid utter disaster via the tuneful creations of songwriter/guitarist Gary Kemp. Some would argue Kemp had finally evolved into a first-class hack, but while his songs never avoid a cliché if it can be helped and occasionally offer much worse; see "Virgin", he does a credible job of supplying his bandmates with arena-ready material like "How Many Lies." Unsurprisingly, melodramatic vocalist Tony Hadley digs in with real gusto, but the production and mix prove the undoing of this effort. Most of the tunes demand guitar and drum bombast; instead, the riff-rocking "Cross the Line" and "Fight for Ourselves," in particular, are undercut by the polite-sounding rhythm section. Given that weakness, which affects much of the album, it's unsurprising that the best song by far is the title track, a Bic-flicking acoustic ballad that became a deserved hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: Cbs Records Europe
  • EAN: 5099745025923
  • Catalog Number: 450259
  • Sales rank: 100,597

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spandau Ballet Primary Artist
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
Tony Hadley Synthesizer, Vocals
Ruby James Background Vocals
Gary Kemp Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Martin Kemp Bass, Vocals
Steve Norman Guitar, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
Helena Springs Background Vocals
Toby Chapman Keyboards
John Keeble Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Spandau Ballet Producer
Gary Langan Producer, Engineer
Nick Knight Sleeve Photo
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