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“Science Fiction’’
Label: Red River Entertainment
Genre: New wave

At its peak, Thompson Twins created some great 1980s synth pop, songs with refined melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a wide range of keyboard sounds, enlivened by crystalline percussion landscaping overlapping rhythms.

Tom Bailey uses those same elements of the band’s identikit on “Science Fiction,” a sprightly musical collection with a glossy finish where feelings of unease and being adrift lurk beneath.

The opening title track narrates an obsession with a literary genre as a means of escapism and the frustration of those feeling left out.

“What Kind of World,” dressed up in Latin beats, stays in the thematic neighborhood - envisioning life on Mars where people inevitably take their problems along and wonder why they made the flight. Inspired by David Bowie and Elon Musk, it notes that for all of humanity’s fascination with technology, the real challenge is to save our souls.

It’s an enjoyable album full of catchy melodies and Bailey’s vocals are as expressive as ever, but some more organic sounds would have been welcomed.

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