Level 42 found considerable success with this album, thanks to a couple of hit singles (although not here in Australia, where they never really made it), and it does have them at their most radio-friendly, with a selection of catchy, melodious songs done in their trademark laidback, funky pop style.
Keyboards are more prominent on this occasion, to the point where - with the opening to the ballad "It's Over" - one might almost be mistaken for thinking Vince Clarke had joined them, and they do tend to overshadow Mark King's unique bass guitar sound, although his vocals certainly dominate.
It could also be said that a few of these songs are a bit too lengthy for what they are - five of the eight are over the 5 minute mark, and there probably really isn't enough substance to warrant such indulgences.
However, "Children Say", "Running in the Family" and "To Be With You Again" are all fine songs, with lyrics that reflect the title, reflecting on family issues and the like, the title song opening with Our dad would send us to our room, he'd be the voice of doom. He said that we would thank him later. All day he was solid as a rock, but by eight o'clock, we'd be crumbling
Running in the Family
is no classic of 80s pop, but it is a worthy listen from an act which was almost casually skilled at what they did.
After this album's release, the Gould brothers left, reportedly unhappy with the direction the band was taking, and were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor