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Album Review

On their first album, the Christians blend socially conscious lyrics of life under Thatcher with smooth, slickly programmed pop-soul arrangements, produced by Laurie Latham who was responsible for the popular Brit-soul sound of Paul Young. The single "Forgotten Town" sets the tone for the album: propulsive verses leading to choruses laden with the Christian brothers' three-part harmony. "Ideal World," as the title suggests, imagines a world without racism and suffering; "Born Again" finds solace from the ills of society in friends and lovers. "Hooverville" compares Thatcher's Britain to the poverty-filled reign of one of America's least successful presidents. A solid debut with very few filler tracks. [Island's 1990 edition included three bonus tracks.]

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Formed: 1983 in England

Genre: Pop

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

Beginning as an a cappella trio, the socially conscious soul group the Christians originally comprised brothers Garry, Russell, and Roger Christian. In 1986, the Liverpool, England natives were joined by former Yachts and It's Immaterial frontman Henry Priestman, the first of many lineup changes that occurred over three decades of sporadic activity. The group achieved their greatest success in 1987 and early 1988, when their self-titled debut album for the Island label spawned five Top 40 U.K. pop...
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