Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.
Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.
To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.
Today's album under the microscope is "The Lexicon Of Love" by ABC, which was released in June 1982 and reached number 1 in the UK album chart, that year. This Trevor Horn produced album, is a pop masterpiece.
I remember my brother buying the cassette tape of this album when we were on holiday in North Wales, with our parents, in the summer of '82 and we played it over and over again, we probably spent more money on batteries for the cassette player than was spent on the album!
In May 2016 ABC released a follow up to that classic album called "The Lexicon Of Love II", which is equal to, if not better, than the original album.
"The Lexicon Of Love" featured 4 singles, "Poison Arrow", which reached number 6 in the UK singles chart, "Tears Are Not Enough", which reached number 19 in the UK singles chart, "The Look Of Love", which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart and "All Of My Heart" (My favourite track on the album), which reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.
I still consider this album as an outstanding piece of work and I never grow tired of listening to it. If you love 80s music this album should definitely be in your collection.
Our track recommendations for this album are, "Many Happy returns", "The Look Of Love (Part1), "All Of My Heart" and "4 Ever 2 Gether". You won't be surprised to learn there are no tracks on the album I dislike.
Our overall rating for this album is 73/100
The album is available from Amazon for just over £5 here