Like fellow Liverpudlians O.M.D., China Crisis began life as a synthetic duo who performed brilliantly executed pop songs with quirky edges. And like O.
D., they seamlessly mixed their love of guitar-based pop with (then) modern musical technology (i.e., synthesizers). Unlike O.M.D., China Crisis' legacy languishes somewhere between there and then with no sign of them ever being considered "hip." Not to say that that is their fault! Gary Daly (the quirky vocalist/keyboardist) and Eddie Lundon (the smooth vocalist/guitarist) made their fascinating debut, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain, on a low budget, and their magic was already in place, especially on the Steely Dan-ish "No More Blue Horizons," the upbeat groove of "Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives" and "You Never See It," the gorgeous "Christian," and their early hit "African and White." Their quirkiness doesn't quite translate on a few tracks ("Temptation's Big Blue Eyes" and "Are We a Worker"), but the charm of this album will win you over if you like smart, yet slightly eccentric, pop songs. It is plainly obvious that, no matter how uncommercial a particular song may be, the boys in China Crisis put their heart and soul into it, creating something uniquely their own, and building upon it. They would finally work their quirks effortlessly into the music on their sophomore release, but there's plenty for synth fans and '80s fans to find here.
|Seven Sports for All / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:18|
|No More Blue Horizons / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:48|
|Feel to Be Driven Away / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||2:55|
|Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:33|
|Christian / Gary Daly / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||5:37|
|African and White / Gary Daly / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:46|
|Are We a Worker / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:30|
|Red Sails / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||4:43|
|You Never See It / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||2:57|
|Temptation's Big Blue Eyes / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||3:25|
|Jean Walks in Fresh Fields / Eddie Lundon||China Crisis||1:53|