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This album was released at Magnum's most commercial point in their career and was, to me, a bit of a disappointment. With only eight tracks, it tried to bridge the gap between their already loyal fan-base and a heavily competitive market and, for me, it never entirely worked!
Don't Wake The Lion and Wild Swan are my only two real favourites on the album and are the closest here the band get to recreating their former glory. The first of these, Don't Wake The Lion, is an anti-war song that attempts to look at world-wide conflict not just from one side but from the view of both opposing armies and is all about the futility of war; the Lion of the title referring to an individual's anger which is best kept hidden inside them. This is not just one of the strongest of the tracks on the album but also of the band's whole career and it is a shame that it was not released in better company! Wild Swan, by contrast, is all about the search for sanctuary through perserverance and contains much visual imagery and is among some of Magnum's most imaginative numbers!
Other tracks on here (of which there aren't many) leave me feeling personally a bit cold! There is no mistaking the fact that the guitar-playing is truly incredible and that the vocals never cease to impressive but some of the lyrical content here in songs such as One Step Away seems solely devised for a mainstream market and appears to have lost something in execution!
To be fair, it's not all bad! Days Of No Trust which opens this album is a pretty good effort but has not aged well, having a lot of subtle of references to the Reagan Cold-War era contained within....dating it somewhat. Whilst Different Worlds, to me at least, almost feels as though lead singer, Bob Catley, is trying to follow up on the bands earlier success but making them more commercially attractive in the process; something that never really worked for me and as much of the bands style here feels a bit watered down for the mainstream market.
I have always really liked the band and enjoyed most of their other albums but this never really impressed me on release and still doesn't years later. My favourite album by the band remains On A Storyteller's Night and nothing will ever compare to that. Certainly this feels as though, in general, it doesn't even want to try! But that is just my own personal opinion!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Days Of No Trust
2 Wild Swan
3 Start Talking Love
4 One Step Away
5 It Must Have Been Love
6 Different Worlds
7 Pray For The Day
8 Don't Wake The Lion (Too Old To Die Young)