NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE ICICLE WORKS "THE ICICLE WORKS"
This debut album only reached number 24 in the UK chart and only spawned two singles. Sometimes I wonder if the UK just wasn't ready for Ian McNabb's smart and sophisticated songwriting. The first single, "Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)" only scraped to 90 in the chart before peaking at 53 on its re-release in 1984. The lovely guitar melodies and the chug-a-chug drums almost like Bow Wow Wow but this song had a fabulous ambience about it. There seemed to be a lot going on but the effect was mesmerising. Ian's vocals were perfectly delivered on solo moments and harmonious vocals backed him. Such a great song with a catchy chorus, its a crime it didn't become a big hit. However, as I said it did improve its chart placing after the success of the second singe, the aforementioned "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" which was just a masterpiece. It reached number 15 on the chart here. From the start it had that anthemic, almost gothic, medieval sound. The lyrics just sounded so intelligent and as a lyricist I just thought it was brilliantly wrote. The song was so powerful with an emotive background that just sounded so uplifting. One of my all time favourite songs.