Album review: Martin Briley, One Night With a Stranger (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1983

By Steve Newton

Former Ian Hunter Band member Martin Briley comes on strong with his second solo album (his first for Attic Records), One Night With a Stranger.

Brimming with catchy pop/rock tunes like “The Salt in My Tears” and “Just a Mile Away”, Briley’s newest release shows him to have a good handle on the popular sound of today–lots of layered keyboards and synthesizers and driving drums that make his tunes easily danceable.

Produced by Pat Benatar and Blondie alumnus Peter Coleman, One Night With a Stranger features nine songs–all written and arranged by Briley–that are well-suited to his vocals.

Some of his material, particularly the dreamy “Put Your Hands On the Screen”, sounds just like latter-day Genesis, so if you’re a fan of albums like Abacab it’s almost certain you will like this one.

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