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Welcome Back, Thomas

Thomas Dolby is a beautiful, evocative songwriter who understands that great writing and great production go hand in hand.

This album is a fine return from a master I have loved, and like "Astronauts and Heretics" or "The Flat Earth" is 80% of a great album. The album opens with two great groove songs, "Nothing New Under the Sun" and "Spice Train," both of which make you dance and are a playful in their lyrics. The album concludes with three mesmerizing songs that are deep, rich and fulfilling. In the middle are two big dramatic tales ("Road to Reno," which is a comic-drama and "17 Hills" whose imagery is just about over-the-top, but still effective) and an odd assortment styles from Jazz to psuedo-bluegrass.

One song is the biggest lyrical disappointment I've ever heard from TD, "Evil Twin Brother." It seems the narrators crime is going dancing with a girl in the middle of a sleepless night. Huh? What a waste of a great hook.

He also throws in a straight jazz ballad which is lovely and deceptively simple. Often Dolby uses unexpected but perfectly placed variations on his chord structure. Tasty.

Best tracks are Oceanea, Simone, 17 Hills, Road to Reno, and Spice Train.

Yay, TMDR. Please come back to Toronto soon!


Born: October 14, 1958 in Cairo, Egypt

Genre: Rock

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

Though he never had many hits, Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognizable figures of the synth pop movement of early-'80s new wave. This was largely due to his skillful marketing. Dolby promoted himself as a kind of mad scientist, an egghead who had successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers and used them to make catchy pop and light electro-funk. Before he launched a solo career, Dolby had worked as a studio musician, technician, and songwriter; his most notable work as...
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A Map of the Floating City, Thomas Dolby
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Rock
  • Released: Oct 24, 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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