The second of two albums from this briefly successful Australian band, by now numbering three rather than five, Terrain
is lighter, more dance-orientated pop than their outstanding 1985 debut Shine
, though missing the rather mysterious atmosphere which that record possessed.
However, this album has grown on me over time, and it's really pretty snappy, bubbly, and catchy. If one can get around bland efforts like "Don't Turn Away". then such songs as "Stopping at Nothing", "Revolution Love", "Cry", and "Surviving Years" are quite winning in their way.
It's notable that two of the tracks - "Rescue Me" and "Cry" - are clearly not sung by usual vocalist Scott Carne, but I've not been able to find any reference as to which of the other two (Claude Carranza or Craig Harnath) took on singing duties. Whoever it is, he has a much gruffer voice, and offers a pleasing alternative to Carne's own distinctive style.
was not a success even in Australia, let alone anywhere else, and, although a third album was suggested, it never eventuated, and that was it for Kids In The Kitchen, one of several Australian 80s New Wave bands who offered some quite memorable pop for a while, gained brief success, and then were forgotten when the 90s rolled in.
The 80s child in me will never forgive that lamentable decade for such brutality. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor