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Album Review

Reach the Beach is a significant step forward from the Fixx's debut album, Shuttered Room, simply because the band can now craft immediately accessible, incessantly catchy pop/rock melodies. "One Thing Leads to Another" has a big, ringing guitar hook hammered home by the dance beat, while "Saved by Zero" and "The Sign of Fire" are cool, robotic slices of synth pop. Although the rest of the album isn't quite as catchy as those three hits, Reach the Beach remains a pleasant collection of immaculately produced and stylishly danceable new wave. [The 2003 reissue includes four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

A Great Pick Up

If you're reading this, then you already know about "One Thing Leads to Another." This album is a classic piece of 1980's synth-pop. Yes, it offers arguably The Fixx's three most well-known songs (One Thing, Saved By Zero, Sign of Fire), but other highlights include "Reach the Beach", "Liner", and the haunting album closer, "Outside". If you like "One Thing" then try the whole thing.

At the top of their game

If you buy one Fixx CD/Album, this is the one to get. Yes, it has 3 Top 40 songs, but don't buy it for that. Every song works, and the flow is great between songs. They achieve a perfect balance between an iconic synthesized sound and crisp guitar riffs and driving bass -- they also never allow the synth to thwart the power of moments of silence (see "Opinions": "Watching __ waiting __ playing who's who __ bass entry...). And of course, there's Cy Curnin's inimitable vocal style. "Reach the Beach" cast a long shadow over everything else the band did afterwards.

Pop Music was so much better back then

A memorable album from the 1980's and still memorable now. New Wave music at its finest, but itunes should get Walkabout as well. I first heard this band in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City with their hit One Thing Leads To Another. Playing that game got me back into 80's music cause I remember listening to The Cure, The Psychadelic Furs, Tears For Fears, and Roxy Music when I was little

Biography

Formed: 1980

Genre: Rock

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

A London-based new wave group that managed to sustain a successful career in America for several years in the mid-'80s, the Fixx always flirted with the mainstream with their catchy, keyboard-driven pop. Formed by college friends vocalist/keyboardist Cy Curnin and drummer Adam Woods in the early '80s, the pair advertised in the music press for additional members; the remaining members of the group — guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, and bassist Charlie Barret — all...
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