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Dolphin Brothers - 1987 Catch The Fall

ARTIST: Dolphin Brothers
ALBUM: Catch The Fall
LABEL: Virgin
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Steven Jansen - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards * Richard Barbieri - keyboards, keyboard programming * David Rhodes - electric guitars * Phil Palmer - acoustic guitars * Robert Bell - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Catch The Fall * 02 Shining * 03 Second Sight * 04 Love That You Need * 05 Real Life, Real Answers * 06 Host To The Holy * 07 My Winter * 08 Pushing The River

A one-off project from former Japan members Steven Jansen and Richard Barbieri that really didn't hit home with record buyers. Just a guess, but there was so much of the college radio/alt radio thing going on with Simple Minds, Talk Talk and Tears For Fears raking in the bucks that 'Catch The Fall' didn't stand a snowballs chance. Anyone remember The Lovers Speaks, Gangway or Sideway Look? Probably not although if you do - kudos, but they shared the same story - good bands of similar ilk with albums on major labels and little if any record sales or chart success to their name. Fortunately for The Dolphin Brothers they've been kept alive in the reissue world mainly due to their connection with Japan and vocalist Steven Jansen just happens to be David Sylvain's brother.

The Songs
Atmospheric and intelligent; 'Catch The Fall' is a notch above typical '80s fare from both a production standpoint and pop outlook. Taking a page from Talk Talk's brilliant 'The Colour Of Spring' opus, The Dolphin Brothers offer up a classy set of tunes heavy on electronics and exotic hi-tech trickery. The vocals of Steven Jansen are undeniably similar to that of his brother and casual Japan fans who haven't heard the album will find much to like here although excluding the Simple Minds influence on the single 'Shining', I find much of the material as sumptuous as it is suffers from a lack of memorable material. After a while I tend to drift when I play the record only to refocus realizing two songs just blew right past me. Not a good sign although calling 'Catch The Fall' pop wallpaper would be unfair; we'll save that title for a select few of Brian Eno's albums, but for The Dolphin Brothers adding a little zest to their musical popouri would not have gone amiss.

In Summary
Virgin released a second single 'Face To Face' which does not appear on this album but is available on the Japanese reissue of 'Catch The Fall'. The tune failed to chart and The Dolphin Brothers were no more. Not allowing moss to grow under their feet, Jansen would go on to extensive studio work while Barbieri would eventually join up with prog rockers Porcupine Tree and never looked back.

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