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Tuesday Blue – Shibumi [1988]

Tuesday Blue - ShibumiCountry Ireland          Style AOR/New Wave

Rating 80/100

Band Members
Michael Ryan – Vocals,backing vocals, Dave Keary – Guitars, Tom Jones – Keyboards,piano, Ralph Lindheim – Bass, Ray Fean – Drums,percussion

01. Tunnel Vision, 02. Tell The Boys, 03. Love Me Simple, 04. Between Smiles And Tears, 05. Open Your Eyes, 06. Cut And Dry, 07. I Believe In You, 08. Escape The Escape, 09. Something Wrong With Your World

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Profile Part of the new romantic movement when it was formed in their native Limerick, Ireland, TUESDAY BLUE were changing their musical style through the years between some line-up changes. Around 1987 the group got signed by a major American label subsidiary, and their debut “Shibumi” was released at the end of 1988 in the USA and in March 1989 in Europe.

The music developed by Tuesday Blue here is a mixture of elegant lite AOR with some melodic new wave scent in its structures. The sound in “Shibumi” is glossy and clean, courtesy of David Richards’ production (Magnum’s Vigilante, Virginia Wolf), recorded at the Mountain Studios in Montreux owned by the rock band Queen.

We have thumping drums, synths, round basslines and that kind of lovable over-processed (clean) guitars conforming a thick musical background for Michael Ryan’s tenor vocals. Opener “Tunnel Vision” is a good example of Tuesday’s vigor (sporting a very good guitar solo) which is interspersed through the disc with calmer moments. “Love Me Simple” is another strong tune with lush synths, blistering riffs and a fine chorus.

Overall, in “Shibumi” Tuesday Blue reminds me Canadians Boulevard and Frozen Ghost, early It Bites, some Real Life. There’s few tracks reminscent of The Outfield too. I would have wished more hooky choruses but these songs are sonically a pleasure to listen, with delicate arrangements. Out of print and hard to find.


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