Measure for Measure
is definitely an improvement over the previous Sidewalk
. The album was (according to Wikipedia) the third ever in the world to be recorded digitally, and it made the Top 10 in the band's homeland.
The material again showcases Iva Davies' skill for smooth calculated pop, which has little innovation, yet still manages to work more often than not ...
The opening "Paradise" gradually moves from reasonable to captivating, while the snappy "Mr Big" is a winner with its catchy, grabbing chorus. And "Angel Street" is typical Icehouse - it sounds like umpteen other songs of theirs, before and since, but still manages to have a certain haunting quality to it.
The album's second side is more hard rocking than the first, with a stronger emphasis on guitars, but it does contain maybe the band's best song of all - the wonderful "Cross the Border" - the way it finishes with the chant combined with the chorus is especially memorable. And although the screeching "Lucky Me" is a bit of a misfire, the concluding "Baby, You're So Strange" is rather amusingly affecting in its own way.
The overall result is that Measure for Measure
is one of Icehouse's best albums, and probably the closest they came to being the innovative act they aspired to but never really reached.Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor