This English duo was made up of vocalist (and occasional instrumentalist) Peter Cox and bassist (and occasional backing vocalist) Richard Drummie, with some back up work from Alan Murphy (guitar) and Tony Beard (drums), offering a front similar to that of Tears For Fears, or Wham!, although musically Go West were different from both, offering more upbeat pop than the former, and less fluffiness than the latter.
This debut was a hit, and with it came a few hit singles, none more notable than the excellent "We Close Our Eyes". You cannot have an eighties compilation without this song, and that includes a video compilation - watching Cox (in the clip directed by Godley & Creme) dance in front of those animated doll thingies, while singing into a wrench, is iconic of the period.
However, a bit of a problem with this album is that none of the following songs can quite match "We Close Our Eyes", and struggle from nearly all of them following the same pattern to the point where even most of the choruses contain the title, another line, the title and concluding line.
Through all this, "Haunted" and "S.O.S." join "Eyes" at being enjoyable pop (although, even then, the verses are so interchangable that one could swap them with each other without there being a particularly discernable difference between the two songs), and Cox has an impressively strong voice, even if it's a bit over the top at times, helping to bring the songs alive, and the concluding two tracks, "Innocence" and "Missing Persons", do offer something a bit different from what has gone before, and are certainly reliefs after the plodding ballad "Goodbye Girl".
Overall, Go West
is a bit better than it probably has a right to be, but Go West's follow up album, Dancing On The Couch
, certainly benefits from more inventiveness in the song writing.Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor