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Standing In the Dark

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Album Review

Standing in the Dark gave Platinum Blonde instant stardom in their homeland of Canada, combining hints of new wave flair with solid pop sturdiness. The twin hits of "Doesn't Really Matter" and "Standing in the Dark" bombarded radio and music video, both gaining popularity from their cold war messages, their electronic drum usage, and well-constructed choruses. Although these two tracks were the album's best, two others kept Standing in the Dark's album sales from dwindling. "Sad Sad Rain" exhibited Mark Holmes' sincere vocal panache and "Not in Love" imitated bands like Duran Duran and Icehouse with its elevated, yet primly trimmed, refrain. The album's filler comes in the way of thinly written and performed tracks such as "Video Disease," "Cinderella Story," and "Leaders in Danger," all strapped by standard, unimaginative keyboard dabbling and watery vocal/guitar interchanges resulting in typical '80s new wave pablum. But even with these flaws, Standing in the Dark still sparks some relatively pleasing formulaic pop. Although out of print, as are all of Platinum Blonde's albums, the better material can be found on Seven Year Itch, a complete-hits package.

Customer Reviews

best 80s album ever

A band that never got its due. This album is amazing...worth purchasing for the drum solo on It Doesn't Really matter alone.

A brilliant album...

The official review is GARBAGE!

This is seriously one of the best albums I own, and Iisten to a lot of music. It is DEFINATELY among the top 10, even the top 5. This album is an example of the post-punk, pre-pop era - a strange hybrid, I agree, but a very good one in this case. This album is primarily a bass-driven album, as Mark Holmes was originally the bassist and lead writer. It gives the songs a strong sense of rhythm, simple, yet extremely effective. I would strongly encourage everyone who reads this to buy this album, it is a real gem, and is a priceless piece of music in my opinion.

** ! The official review above is crazy ! **

Biography

Formed: 1981

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Platinum Blonde was formed in Toronto, Canada in 1982 between the end of the disco boom and the beginnings of glammy hard rock. New wave was in its commercial glory and bands like the Police, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were combining fashion and sound to cash in on the new art form of music video. Vocalist Mark Holmes, guitarist Sergio Galli, bassist Kenny MacLean and percussionist Chris Steffer were Canada's answer to those bands. In 1983, Platinum Blonde released its debut album, Standing in the...
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