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Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:00 AM 10th March 2020

Smoke And Mirrors - The Fizz (Absolute)

If the name did not give the game away, as soon as you hear any of the tracks on this new album you will know instantly that this is the group who were formerly Bucks Fizz. Now with 3 of the original members, this album still has their trademark harmonies and catchy pop songs.

All We Can Do is as good as anything that they recorded in the 80's whilst T.O.T.P goes back to the days when Top of the Pops was essential television viewing. The melody at times does go close to Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke with a vocal that could seem to be the Bee Gees. Even DJ Mike Read gets to do a cameo appearance on the song for added authenticity.

Reservation rides along in a summery mood but most of the lyrics to a lot of the tracks seem to be making the best of today and not looking back as heard on All We Can Ever Do and The World We Left Behind the latter of which has a melody that at times goes close to Lonnie Gordon's Happenin' All Over Again.

The pop scene brought about by Mike Stock of Stock Aitken and Waterman fame gives the album an upbeat feel. The album is totally out of fashion with anything in the singles chart at the moment which is a shame as this is an album that will bring a smile to your face. The group though have enough fans to propel it into the album charts Top 20.

They might be more suited to Radio 2 than Radio 1 these days but the 11 songs here are as good as anything they have recorded. You will still be singing these songs for days to come after listening to this fine return.

I rate the album 3 out of 5