The Flaming Mussolinis

The Flaming Mussolinis

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The Flaming Mussolinis Discography Tracks

Albums

The Flaming Mussolinis Watching The Film (Album) Portrait, Portrait UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Flaming Mussolinis Charmed Life (Album) Epic Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Flaming Mussolinis Swallow Glass (Single) Portrait Greece 1985 Sell This Version
The Flaming Mussolinis My Cleopatra Portrait, Portrait UK 1985 Sell This Version
The Flaming Mussolinis Masuka Dan (Single) Portrait UK 1986 Sell This Version
07 5P-439 The Flaming Mussolinis Angels Fall Down(7", Single) Epic 07 5P-439 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
The Flaming Mussolinis Different Kind Of Love (Single) Epic UK 1987 Sell This Version
The Flaming Mussolinis Girl On A Train (Single) Epic UK 1987 Sell This Version

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BankofVinyl

BankofVinyl

February 28, 2012
The Flaming Mussolinis keep missing the bull's-eye on Charmed Life. Although the band should be credited for at least trying to write noteworthy tracks, the group can't pull it off. Whenever the Flaming Mussolinis come close to finding a swell hook, it slips through their fingers. One of the problems is Alan Savage's voice. There's no character or emotion in his flat vocals. It doesn't help that the lyrics are inundated with clichés. In "Two Mountains High," Savage sings, "Only love can set us free/Break the chain that bounds your heart/That would be a start." Ouch. Such banal songwriting wouldn't be a shocker emanating from an '80s metal act; however, the Flaming Mussolinis strive for the shimmering, anthemic rock of early U2, Simple Minds, and Cactus World News, and the lyrics almost embarrassingly pale in comparison. "Jonestown" is an overwrought diatribe about religious cults. "There's no hell for the hypnotised/It takes a madman to make it happen," Savage roars, making the listener cringe with every hardly insightful line. "Different Kind of Love," "Over and Over," and the jangly "Invisible Man" have their moments, but nothing memorable. Much of Charmed Life is dull; even producer Tim Palmer's studio gloss can't hide the holes in the Flaming Mussolinis' material.

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