Level 42 were gaining more and more success by the time of World Machine
, although their albums were becoming a bit samey. This release is certainly quite pleasant, but the strong percussion and rattling rhythms vary little from track to track, while Mark King's bass is curiously muted.
The album does have some highlights, those including "Physical Presence", "Something About You", and "It's Not the Same for Us". When the band shines with melodies, they really do shine, as they also do with song construction - there are moments of counter melodies here, and that's something I always love.
However, there are also fairly forgettable moments, particularly at the beginning with the title track, and the slower, concluding "Lying Still", which result in the album not being as good as it could've been. But it's hard to say too many unkind words about Level 42; they're all very decent and professional, and there's certainly enough on offer here to make it a worthwhile listen.
The following Running in the Family
was even more popular, but resulted in the Gould brothers (on guitar and drums) leaving, as they weren't happy with the direction the band were taking. Personally, I don't see that
much difference between their early work and this period, but then I'm not a musician involved with the band, so I just don't have that passion. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor