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Album Review

Ordinary Heroes marks a significant shift for Howard Jones who abandons almost every synthesized element that characterized his music from Human's Lib on in favor of smooth, litely soulful groove. It’s his quietest album ever, stealing that distinction from 1998’s People, and the lack of snazzy synths shifts focus directly upon Jones’ songs, which trade easy pop melodies for a measure of introspection. There’s a dose of sprightliness on a couple of songs, such as “Collective Heartbeat” and “Even If I Don’t Say,” but most of the album is deliberate and slow — an intentional move, to make it all the better to ruminate on Jones’ quiet reflections and slowly churning grooves. He sustains this mood throughout Ordinary Heroes, and for many listeners who have stayed with him throughout the past quarter-century, it will be easy to slip inside his world.

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More Than An Ordinary Album

Take a listen to this album by 80s electro pop star Howard Jones. Now this music is not electronic but naturalistic. Howard has a basic band and strings accompany him for this album and works wonders. There's plenty of reason behind it! If there is too much going on in the background of a song you can get distracted from the meaning of the song. Howard Jones has written songs that are melodic and with true meaning that everyone can relate to. An example of his inspirations include the song 'You Knew Us So Well' which was written for drummer Kevin Wilkinson who played with Howard Jones during the 'People' tour and a year later after the tour Kevin sadly committed suicide. But there's just an insight into one of the songs that come together to create one of my all time favourite albums. Spectacular! Download the album, you won't turn back!!

Biography

Born: 23 February 1955 in Southampton, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Jones' music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid-...
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