Pseudo Echo’s third and final album came when their fame was fading fast, which had already happened to the New Romantics movement as a whole, so looking back the demise of their popularity was hardly surprising.
Facing that reality, they attempted a change of image and style, becoming a Hard Rock band, and what resulted was Race,
an album that was a flop both commercially and critically.
With the constant sound of crunching and whining guitars, this is a record of corny pretentious songs, all of which follow the same pattern, with rebels ready to “Take on the World” and be “Runaways”, while a man pumps gasoline because he’s got to feed his wife and pay the rent
(do they think they’re Springsteen?), while he’s “Searching for a Glory”. And when the finishing “Eye of the Storm” opens with the lines The world we live in is a violent place, and that’s a fact we’re gonna have to face
, one can’t help but yearn for the band’s first two, vastly superior, albums Autumnal Park
and Love an Adventure.
Lost in all this are a few decent tunes, and Brian Canham’s fine voice, but it really is a painful listen. So if you take the world apart, hearts will be broken. Don’t let the revolution start, Gaaarrd will have spoken
. Oh boy … a sad finish for a once very good Australian band. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor