The Psychedelic Furs: Made Of Rain

The wait is over! It’s been 29 years since World Outside was released in 1991. No artist should be able to release a record as equally retro and sublimely relative as this one after making fans wait more than a quarter of a century. However, The Furs have done just that! This record has a little bit of everything for long time followers and it may just bring a few more converts into the revival tent. Unlike some of there contemporaries from the early 80s such as U2, Depeche Mode and The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs never truly reached the levels of success which appeared to await them following hits such as Love My Way, Pretty In Pink or The Ghost In You. Four excellent albums released between 1980 and 1984 followed by three more from 1987 to 1991 and then…silence, at least from a studio perspective. With the exception of Alive (For Once In My Lifetime) included in both live and studio versions on their live greatest hits album in 2000, fans have waited and hoped for more. Well, wait no more! From the opening noises of The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll to the last strains of Stars, the album does not disappoint. Not all of the songs are classics, but there are no rusty tracks. Richard Butler continues to delivery the same honey gravel vocals and lyrical wit of their should have been more glorious days. The music is pure Furs, equal parts sugar and spice, making for the type of cake they alone seem to be able to bake. If you have never heard them before, this is a good “hello, nice to meet you” record. I hope, for everyone’s sake, a few more records are in the bakery and this does not turn out to be “hello goodbye”.

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