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All Music Guide - William Cooper
When in Rome was another in a long line of British pop acts scoring one major hit single before seemingly disappearing without a trace. The 1988 hit "The Promise" was essentially a carbon copy of New Order's radio-friendly dance-rock. Dark yet catchy, boasting a throbbing dance rhythm, a singalong chorus, and a hypnotic melody, "The Promise" certainly deserved the success. Like many one-hit wonders of the '80s, When in Rome failed to maintain the momentum set by its only hit song by releasing a dud of an album. "The Promise," the opening track on When in Rome, starts things off nicely, but the remainder of the album is embarrassingly weak. Vocalists Clive Farrington and ...
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All Music Guide - William Cooper
When in Rome was another in a long line of British pop acts scoring one major hit single before seemingly disappearing without a trace. The 1988 hit "The Promise" was essentially a carbon copy of New Order's radio-friendly dance-rock. Dark yet catchy, boasting a throbbing dance rhythm, a singalong chorus, and a hypnotic melody, "The Promise" certainly deserved the success. Like many one-hit wonders of the '80s, When in Rome failed to maintain the momentum set by its only hit song by releasing a dud of an album. "The Promise," the opening track on When in Rome, starts things off nicely, but the remainder of the album is embarrassingly weak. Vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann sound just fine solo as demonstrated on "The Promise", but their attempts to harmonize on such tunes as "Heaven Knows" and "I Can't Stop" are often laughably bad. "Wide Wide Sea" is the only track here that comes close to matching the dramatic, instantly memorable songcraft of "The Promise"; the rest of the album is utterly forgettable. There are several ways a band could set its place in musical history as a one-hit curio. One way is following quickly dismissed musical trends, exemplified by the endless parade of quickly forgotten disco acts of the '70s. Some artists establish themselves with novelty tunes like Billy Ray Cyrus or Falco and struggle to be taken seriously with subsequent releases. But most one-hit wonders are capable of providing only one magical, memorable tune. When in Rome falls into the latter category. "The Promise" is the only When in Rome track anyone really needs, and it is available on a variety of '80s hits compilations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778608424
  • Catalog Number: 86084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Promise (3:40)
  2. 2 Heaven Knows (3:56)
  3. 3 Something Going On (3:35)
  4. 4 I Can't Stop (3:44)
  5. 5 If Only (4:08)
  6. 6 Sight of Your Tears (3:34)
  7. 7 Wide, Wide Sea (4:05)
  8. 8 Child's Play (4:00)
  9. 9 Total Devotion (3:05)
  10. 10 Everything (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
When in Rome Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Thompson Guitar
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
J.J. Belle Guitar
Richard James Burgess Keyboards
Mark Chandler Brass
Tony Charles Steel Drums
Richard Edwards Brass
David Ervin Keyboards
Preston Heyman Drums
Robin Jones Percussion
Kevin Robinson Trumpet
Phil Spalding Bass
Larry Stabbins Saxophone
Rose Stone Background Vocals
Mike Timoney Keyboards
Clive Farrington Vocals
Andrew Mann Vocals
Martin Ditchum Percussion
Technical Credits
Michael Brauer Producer, Remixing
Richard James Burgess Producer, drum programming
David Ervin drum programming
Chris Fuhrman Engineer
Ian Gardiner Brass Arrangment
Dan Hersch Mastering
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Ben Rogan Producer
Teri Reed Engineer
Richard Burgess Producer
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It really amazes me....

    that there are so many bands like "When in Rome" that can record a song such as "The Promise", a catchy tune filled w/hooks, one that shows off the bands obvious talent, yet they never surface w/anything to speak of at all afterwards. Leaves one only wondering why ?

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