WANG CHUNG: Mosaic: CD

Mosaic - Paper Sleeve - CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica - Import

Mosaic is Wang Chung’s fourth album and third on Geffen Records. Released in 1986, Mosaic was commercially successful due to three singles: “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (reached a high of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Let’s Go!” (#9 on the Hot 100) and “Hypnotize Me” (#36 on the Hot 100). Mosaic earned a Gold rating by the RIAA, and hit #41 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

Now that we have the stats out-of-the-way, let me just say that their second album, Points On The Curve is an album that I can listen to over and over again and hasn’t dated as much as this one has. Yes, this has “That Song” on here that everyone knows and thinks is the only hit that they had…WRONG! Sadly the song was cheesy when it came out and people laughed at the chorus then, as they still do now. I blame you Peter Wolf! Once you get past that song, (luckily it’s the first one on the album), you get better songs that are more deserving of your attention. “Let’s Go!” is the standout track for me since it does have a more pop sound than their previous album, but it still retained the spirit of the band’s sound, a classic track that stands the test of time…and you can dance to it too. “Hypnotize Me” and “The Flat Horizon” are a pair of great tracks that keep you wanting to hear them over and over again. “The World In Which We Live” is another song that I hit the replay button to hear again. These are the standouts to me, the songs that are truly ones that haven’t out stayed their welcome and are always a treat to hear. The other songs are alright, nothing to get crazy about, some slower tracks and some that are just nice, but they still deserve to be heard. The band sounds tight on here, not a note out-of-place, but it was the ’80s and by this time, there was no messing about in the studio, the producers were throwing everything into to sink and hoping it would work. The sound is great on this remaster, clear with the ability to hear little nuances that you couldn’t hear before, plus the way that it looks just like it did on vinyl is too cool.

So, an album with one of the most familiar and played (played out), songs is out there with a great sound and excellent packaging, just beware of “THAT SONG,” it may drive you crazy, but it’s worth the effort to hear the others on the album. I’m a fan of the band since I first heard them back in the early ’80s and always will be, so I’m glad that I get the chance to hear this album again and give it another shot.

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WANG CHUNG: Points On A Curve: CD

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.

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