12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Escape Club created a decent buzz with its dance-rock hit "Wild Wild West" in 1988 and then melted hearts with 1991's "I'll Be There," a ballad in tribute to a friend's wife who had died. On 2012's Celebrity the group is down to two core members: singer Trevor Steel and guitarist John Holiday. They revisit "I'll Be There (The Sequel)," which retains its emotive power. "80s Love Song" humorously and nostalgically remembers the decade of their lost youth and the young love that accompanied it. The title track alludes to how culture emphasizes fame without the need for any particular talent. "God's Own Radio" turns up the volume with a harder-rocking version of the band. Despite being stripped down to a duo (plus a longtime buddy on drums), the Club still produces a grand sound that's lush and layered, with nods to the '80s without being too retro. "Can't Leave the Party" admits just how hard it is to say goodbye to success. The synthesizers are lively, more in line with what indie rockers now pull off on a regular basis.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Escape Club created a decent buzz with its dance-rock hit "Wild Wild West" in 1988 and then melted hearts with 1991's "I'll Be There," a ballad in tribute to a friend's wife who had died. On 2012's Celebrity the group is down to two core members: singer Trevor Steel and guitarist John Holiday. They revisit "I'll Be There (The Sequel)," which retains its emotive power. "80s Love Song" humorously and nostalgically remembers the decade of their lost youth and the young love that accompanied it. The title track alludes to how culture emphasizes fame without the need for any particular talent. "God's Own Radio" turns up the volume with a harder-rocking version of the band. Despite being stripped down to a duo (plus a longtime buddy on drums), the Club still produces a grand sound that's lush and layered, with nods to the '80s without being too retro. "Can't Leave the Party" admits just how hard it is to say goodbye to success. The synthesizers are lively, more in line with what indie rockers now pull off on a regular basis.

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