Points on the Curve is Wang Chung’s second album and first album since changing their name from Huang Chung and switching from Arista to the Geffen record label. I first heard this when taping songs off the radio and getting into new wave and instantly loved “Dance Hall Days,” and “Don’t Let Go” when I heard them.
Years later, here is a remaster of their second and in my mind, best album…how did it hold out? As soon as I hit play, the memories of hearing “Don’t Let Go” for the first time came flooding back to me and took me back to hanging out in the mall back in high school. A great song that gets you dancing and singing along and a perfect way to start the album. Then comes the massive “Dance Hall Days,” a song that has grown in popularity since the time it was first released. A classic that still holds up and never gets old. You also get the singles “Don’t Be My Enemy,” which was released as the third single from the album, and reached #86 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in late 1984, and “Wait,” which was the only single by Wang Chung that failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, however, it peaked at #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The other songs are also good, “True Love” has a great keyboard sound and a powerful beat. “The Wave” is a relaxing track while “Look at Me Now” really kicks it up a notch. “Even If You Dream” is a good new wave track. “Devoted Friends” is a great ballad. “Talk It Out” has a unique sound and is a bit more mellow.
The sound is greatly improved with the remastering and gives the songs a nice punch and clarity that makes it a pleasure to turn up and play loud and dance around the house to. I love the way that they made this release to look like the original album, it helps bring back those memories and for that, there is nothing better.