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The Romantics: Super Hits

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Album Review

At its best, the Romantics' self-titled debut album sounds like the greatest album Shel Talmy never produced. The Detroit band's British Invasion-style power pop may not have been an especially original creation, but it was good enough that no one with a taste for high-voltage hooks would ever dream of complaining, and as a meeting of mid-'60s style and late-'70s volume and passion, it's all but flawless. The original songs, written by guitarists Wally Palmar and Mike Skill and drummer Jimmy Marinos, are a glorious pastiche of period pop styles (think the Kinks and the Easybeats with a bit of the Hollies thrown in for melodic appeal) played with a hard-stomping energy and a genuine love for the vintage style that doesn't reek of nostalgia. The production by Peter Solley is simple but smart enough to put both the hooks at the energy up front where they belong, and the Romantics never had a set of tunes this strong again; "What I Like About You" richly deserved its status as a hit single, and "When I Look in Your Eyes," "Tell It to Carrie" and "Girl Next Door" would have followed it up the charts in a just world. the Romantics didn't exactly reinvent the wheel with this album, but they sure knew how to make it roll, and for sheer party enhancing energy, this album is hard to beat.

Customer Reviews

simple and loud

I grew up in the 80's and it was the time of MTV and all those videos.. I am Deaf, ( since birth ) however my sister used to Sign all the Romantic songs and among other bands.. Talking in your sleep was perfect,, the beats in which I could feel and the words were simply said,. They were funny looking but they can play... Enjoyed them then and enjoy them now..

Life as a "Roadie"

I have listened to The Romantics since they first formed the band in the 70's . My older brother Rodney was a member of their road crew. He told me many stories about traveling with the band. I am glad that their music is still alive today. As a matter of fact I heard a butchered version of one of their songs tonight when ABC showed Shrek 2. lol

sweet beets

all the songs on the album are awsome, great power pop group

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Such power pop founders as the Raspberries and Big Star may have been woefully underappreciated during their initial run in the early '70s, but by the end of the decade, several of their offspring had taken the style to the upper reaches of the charts — including Cheap Trick, the Knack, and the Romantics. But what set the group apart from their similarly styled peers was their inheritance of the high-energy attack of their Detroit forefathers, as well as their affinity for bouffant hairstyles...
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