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Strange Advance - 1982 Worlds Away

ARTIST: Strange Advance
ALBUM: Worlds Away
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST 12232
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Darryl Kromm - vocals, guitars * Drew Arnott - keyboards, drums, percussion * Paul Iverson - basses

TRACK LISTING: 01 She Controls Me * 02 Love Games * 03 One Chance In A Million * 04 Sister Radio * 05 Automatic Sighs * 06 Worlds Away * 07 Kiss In The Dark * 08 Hold On To The Nite * 09 Watermusic * 10 Prisoner * 11 Worlds Away (Reprise)

Strange Advance were a Canadian trio, coming from an age/era where Canadian trio's ruled the rock airwaves, a la Rush, Triumph, Rick Santers. However this trio plied a more electronic mixture, influenced by the likes of early Saga, FM (Canadian version), and Australia's own Icehouse. The mix also included some leanings towards some of the new romantic bands of the time, as well as some of the real 70's heavyweights of prog. Overall there are some big splashes of synths, and the old Linn drum machine gets a good workout. There are appearances by notable identities including Paul Dean (Streetheart, Loverboy), Beau Hill (Airborne, Fast Forward), Bryan Adams, and Bruce Fairbairn who also produces the album.

The Songs
So to the songs. 'One Chance In A Million' has some luscious keyboard through the chorus, while 'Sister Radio' has some Kitaro acoustic guitar and synth touches to it and mostly has that 70's prog feel to it. It's lovely nonetheless. Ambience overload and oscillating synths abound on the title track 'Worlds Away'. Man this is what crossover prog used to sound like! A contrast throws up in the shape of 'Prisoner'. This one is more of an upfront rock song similar to Michael Stanley's mid 80's efforts. It goes against the grain somewhat but it gives you some idea as to what they'd sound like playing straight melodic rock.

In Summary
As far as I recall they only released two other albums, a second album entitled '2wo' released in 1985, plus their final effort in 1988 called 'The Distance Between'.

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#1 | super80boy on April 20 2014 20:12:17
The album is quite good if you're feeling in a new wave oriented mood. It's well produced and played. The album spawned two big Canadian singles, "She Controls Me" and "Kiss in the Dark". After this album release the band was nominated for a Juno Award for "Most Promising Group of the Year" in 1983.
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