On their first album, the Christians blend socially conscious lyrics of life under Thatcher with smooth, slickly programmed pop-soul arrangements, produced by Laurie Latham who was responsible for the popular Brit-soul sound of Paul Young. The single "Forgotten Town" sets the tone for the album: propulsive verses leading to choruses laden with the Christian brothers' three-part harmony. "Ideal World," as the title suggests, imagines a world without racism and suffering; "Born Again" finds solace from the ills of society in friends and lovers. "Hooverville" compares Thatcher's Britain to the poverty-filled reign of one of America's least successful presidents. A solid debut with very few filler tracks. [Island's 1990 edition included three bonus tracks.] Ted Mills, Rovi
- College Rock
- June 15, 1990
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