China Crisis' third album has a somewhat more relaxed, easy-going flavour than the band's first two releases, and while that might mean it's a bit less substantial, particularly when compared with its immediate predecessor Working with Fire and Steel
(which in my view is their best album), it remains a very consistent, appealing and likeable release.
The consistency makes it hard to pick out any particular song for mention, so although the opening "The Highest High", "Black Man Ray" and "The World Spins, I'm Part of It" are certainly notable, the highlight for me is "King in a Catholic Style", with its combination of smooth and bubbly synth lines helping to make for a delightful pop number, and probably the most up-tempo track here.
As before, Gary Daly does the bulk of the singing, with Eddie Lundon left to just a couple of numbers, something I've always found a bit of a shame, since I think Lundon has the better voice.
Flaunt the Imperfection
is a record that is calm yet still demands attention. It doesn't vary a lot, yet there's still plenty of imagination in its arrangements and song-writing. It's certainly another worthy release by what is an under-rated pop act, a band which is certainly recommended for anyone looking into 80s pop, and wanting to go further than just the major artists of the decade. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor