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Noiseworks - 1987 Noiseworks

ARTIST: Noiseworks
ALBUM: Noiseworks
SERIAL: 451033-2
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Jon Stevens - vocals * Stuart Fraser - guitars * Justin Stanley - keyboards * Steve Balbi - bass * Kevin Nicol - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Burning Feeling * 02 Love Somebody * 03 Take Me Back * 04 No Lies * 05 River Of Tears * 06 Welcome To The World * 07 Edge Of Darkess * 08 Little Bit More * 09 Only Loving You * 10 It's Time


This album was reasonably big time when it was released down under in 1987. A couple of videos to coincide and it wasn't too long before they became the darlings of Sydney. However, it all started back as far as 1982, when key members Jon Stevens and Stuart Fraser got together and formed the nucleus of the band. Over the next 4 years they gradually got the personnel required, called themselves The Change, and finally hooked a deal with CBS. Stevens was a popular teen singer back in his homeland New Zealand, but before he turned 20 his career looked like it had come to an end, so he ventured over to Sydney in search of fame and fortune. The rest they say.. is history. There is a big sounding feel to this album, pounding drums and spacious guitar bought to the fore by well known producer Mark Opitz. Most of these songs rollick along in grand fashion. Hard to pin down influences, but perhaps a rock oriented Simple Minds with balls would be the best comparison! Their sound is hi-tech, brash, but fortunately they do not have that trademark 'aussie' sound as defined by their local peers AC/DC, Rose Tattoo or Cold Chisel for that matter.

The Songs
Most of these songs I love, like the fantastic 'No Lies', 'Take Me Back', and the fast paced 'Little Bit More', the first two both well known via radio exposure. Coincidentally, the co-writes for these three songs are Stevens and Brent Thomas, formerly Sharon O'Neill's main man. Then there is the anthemic 'Love Somebody' and my favourite track overall 'River Of Tears' which is so atmospheric. 'Welcome To The World' is similar to Eight Seconds material though less technical, while the Simple Minds connection appears on 'Edge Of Darkness'. Also, there's lots of parping keyboards on the Steve Balbi written song 'Only Loving You' which is followed by the album closer 'It's Time' another moody and atmospheric track.

In Summary
For me, this album is the pick of their releases, the others 'Touch' and 'Love Versus Money' lost a bit of gloss in the mix for my liking. During the early nineties Noiseworks broke up but I understand they have now reformed in 1999 and are touring and putting product out. Jon Stevens is now the lead voice for perennial Oz rockers INXS, taking over the role from the late Michael Hutchence.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on September 28 2010 04:28:47
I've been listening to this lately. I forgot how much I liked the song 'Little Bit More'.
#2 | gdazegod on November 20 2015 23:33:05
Noiseworks - 1987 No Lies

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