CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - TRANSVISION VAMP - "VELVETEEN"
This album, the band's second, released in 1989 hot on the heels of their debut was a more "adult" version. I mean it was a more sophisticated, more polished sound and reached the top spot in the UK chart, beating their debut that peaked at number 4. Four single were released from this set, the first being the biggest, the big, anthemic beast that is "Baby I Don't Care". The song reached their highest poisiton of number 3 in the chart while the next three singles also hit top 30. It was bold, brash, guitar riffs a plenty and Wendy giving her best angry vocal and a massively catchy sing along chorus!
"The Only One" was the second single, reaching number 15 and had elements of Motown and Soul disguised in the throbbing, driving drums and guitars and memorable chorus. "Landslide Of Love", the next single reached 14 on the chart and was a slower song than the previous two. Again, the Motown and Soul elements were there but more at the forefront. A really nice song. The final single to be plucked from the album was "Born To Be Sold", reaching number 22. Namechecking various celebrites such as Marilyn Monroe, JFK, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rotten and Madonna it was a minimal musical trakc with some twangy guitars in the style of Country.