The Slow Club ‎– World Of Wonders

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Virgin ‎– CDVIR 2
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Recorded at Fast Forward Studios, Warranwood.
Mixed at Rich Music Studios, Sydney.

(P) + (C) 1990 Virgin Records Australia Pty. Ltd.

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  • Barcode: 5 012983 200020

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VOZCD2042, VOZCD 2042 The Slow Club World Of Wonders(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin VOZCD2042, VOZCD 2042 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
TC-VOZC-2042, VOZC2042 The Slow Club World Of Wonders(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TC-VOZC-2042, VOZC2042 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
VOZ2042 The Slow Club World Of Wonders(LP) Virgin VOZ2042 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
LPVIR 2 The Slow Club World Of Wonders(LP, Album) Virgin LPVIR 2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version

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AloneWithStrangers

AloneWithStrangers

August 1, 2016
The Slow Club was a band pulled together by former Japan guitarist Robert Dean in Australia in the late 1980s. The band's only album release "World Of Wonders" (1990) only benefited from a release in Australia & Germany and the combination of it being a non-wacky Australian release with limited distribution unfortunately meant that it has been overlooked by the masses - somewhat unfairly.

Why's that? You would think that a description that the album is 'of its time' would damn it to hell and back again. Several times. However, this is an album which shares a lot with that part of the late 80s & early 90s that deserves to be remembered fondly. Think Danny Wilson, late period XTC, Del Amitri & even the Bluebells and you should have a fair idea of what to expect: jangly guitars, the odd power chord, heartfelt & emotional lyrics. You know the type. This isn't the type of jangly guitar you would expect to hear from the likes of the Stone Roses or other North-Western bands from that time: it's the other ones that are just as singalong & fondly remembered but haven't benefited from Manchester's self-proclamation that it is God's Country.

That's the emotional side of things out of the way. More objectively, once you really listen to it, you can see strong structural supports & keystones with a few cracks in the cement. For starters, this is clearly Robert Dean's album. He is the one that is in control musically and seizes the opportunities to add layers of guitar whether jangled, acoustic or the obligatory power chords. Simply put, he flourishes as if it were his last chance . . .

That creates something of a problem for the others in the band. Having played with some really unique bandmates in his time with his old Japan friends, it is perhaps something of a let-down that the bass, drums & keyboards (including some by a bandmate from one of Dean's other bands & fellow Numan sessionman Roger Mason) are simply fine. They really aren't bad at all but they don't shine. Add to that the vocals by Andrew Sefton are also OK in that they sound like many other people around at that time & would have sounded perfectly fine in a band like Johnny Hates Jazz. This is because the vocals don't soar and the range is quite narrow. I'm also not sure whether the lyrics are trying to tell a story or if they are there to fit in with the rhythm of the tracks.

As a consequence, the album fits in perfectly with the music that surrounded it at the time. But, like a piece in a jigsaw it is difficult to distinguish it from the whole. If only there had been a level of 'quirkyness' to some of the tracks then there may have been greater public recognition - after all, that's what helped many other 'Australian' bands to build a name for themselves.

But don't dismiss it - it really is worth a listen and you can still easily find copies on Discogs & ebay as well as the occasional single popping up for sale.