Icehouse - Measure for Measure

Icehouse - Measure for Measure
Release Date:
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Synth Pop
Recording Location:
AIR Studios; Bath And Livinston Studios, London, England; Crescent Studios; The Town House, London, England; Trash Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Whitehouse
Measure for Measure

Based on the principles of balance, Measure for Measure is half-produced by David Lord, half by Rhett Davies. American and European editions benefit from a better track list, which opens with the Davies-produced "No Promises." A little too close to Bowie and Metheny's "This Is Not America," perhaps, but very nice all the same. "Cross the Border" resembles and continues the close relationship with Simple Minds, and features a strong Brian Eno back vocal motif. Another of the RD-produced pieces, "The Flame," although about the struggles in South Africa, opens with a watery, orient-like synth treatment before a strong beat, courtesy of Steve Jansen, and a Talk Talk-sounding synth take charge.

Newer realms are visited by Spanish guitar on "Angel Street," but the Bowie references can't be shaken, with much of the later part relying on squally glam rock ("Regular Boys" and the career-reviving "Baby You're So Strange").

Had the color of bonus CD cuts "Too Late Now" (a definitive Icehouse sound) and "Into the Wild" been included, how different things might have been. A few blocks up from the bland Sidewalk but a few buildings short of Man of Colours.

Paradise / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:47
No Promises / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:40
Mr. Big / Iva DaviesIcehouse3:33
Angel Street / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:46
The Flame / Iva DaviesIcehouse5:11
Regular Boys / Iva DaviesIcehouse3:30
Cross the Border / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:25
Spanish Gold / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:17
Lucky Me / Iva Davies / Bob KretschmerIcehouse4:38
Baby, You're So Strange / Iva DaviesIcehouse3:59
Too Late Now / Iva DaviesIcehouse3:11
Into the Wild / Iva DaviesIcehouse4:53

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