Album review: Dear Enemy, Ransom Note (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MARCH 30, 1984

By Steve Newton

Exceptional poppy rock from yet another fine young Australian band, Ransom Note is sure to please those who like the light but snappy sounds of bands like Real Life and Re-Flex, although in my books Dear Enemy outdoes both.

Five of the six members of Dear Enemy provide vocals, and the strong vocal arrangements suit well the band’s multi-textured keyboard/guitar approach.

Just the right amounts of synthesizer and electronic percussion are sifted throughout the songs, most of which were written by guitarist/vocalist Chris Langford.

Standout tracks include “Computer One”, “The Good Life”, and “Day to Day”.

Good commercial potential.

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