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Album Review

Like a summer squall, baggy had blown into the British music scene, and then just as quickly dissipated, leaving behind a short-lived rainbow of technicolor records. Very short-lived. Indeed, the non-charting fate of the Farm's preceding set, Love See No Colour made the band's time especially short, which probably explains Hullabaloo's overwhelmingly downbeat feel. Much of the set is given over to introspective numbers, beginning with the power ballad "Comfort," and continuing along its downtempo path through the moody "To the Ages," the wistful "Golden Vision," the brooding "Distant Voices," the melancholic "The Man Who Cried," and the haunting "Echoes." All are lovely in their own way, but they were never going to excite fans or the charts. But dig deep and there's an oasis or three of brightness — the anthemic "Messiah" and the techno driven "Hateful" both recall the Farm's happier harvests, while the rocking "All American World" is solid gold. With more moments like those, maybe the Farm wouldn't have gone bust. But, in truth, baggy was finished, and the band with it.


Formed: 1983 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

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

One of the stranger overnight success stories in pop history, the chameleon-like Farm was formed in Liverpool, England in 1983 by singer Peter Hooton, a one-time youth worker searching for a musical outlet to voice his political concerns. Rounded out by guitarist Stevie Grimes, bassist Phil Strongman and drummer Andy McVann, the first incarnation of the Farm recalled both the leftist identity and horn-powered sound of the Redskins; dubbed "the Soul of Socialism," the group promoted its music not...
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