Standards – The Alarm – 1990



Album Standards by The Alarm
Album Standards by The Alarm

Standards is the fifth studio album by the Welsh rock band The Alarm, released in 1990. The album features a selection of their most popular songs from their previous albums, re-recorded with new arrangements and production. The album also includes two new tracks, “Devolution Workin’ Man Blues” and “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”, a cover of the John Lennon song.

The album showcases the band’s versatility and evolution, as they experiment with different styles and genres, from folk-rock to hard rock, from acoustic ballads to anthemic rockers. The album also reflects the band’s political and social awareness, as they address issues such as unemployment, war, and environmentalism.

The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the band’s energy and passion, but criticized the lack of originality and innovation. Some fans also felt that the album was a cash-in on their past success, rather than a creative statement. However, the album was a commercial success, reaching number 48 on the UK Albums Chart and number 142 on the US Billboard 200. The album also spawned three singles, “Sold Me Down the River”, “A New South Wales”, and “Love Don’t Come Easy”, which all charted in the UK Top 40.

Standards is a solid album that showcases The Alarm’s strengths and weaknesses as a band. It is a good introduction for new listeners, but it may not satisfy the expectations of longtime fans who seek more originality and diversity from the band.

The personnel of the album Standards by The Alarm, released in 1990, are:

  • Mike Peters – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Dave Sharp – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
  • Eddie Macdonald – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Nigel Twist – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Steve Brown – producer
  • Tim Palmer – engineer, mixer
  • Will Gosling – assistant engineer
  • John Porter – producer (track 16)
  • Mike Howlett – producer (tracks 17 and 18)
  • Alan Shacklock – producer (tracks 19 and 20)

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